HarperCollins Closes Two Warehouses – in Scranton, PA and Nashville, TN. In case you are wondering this includes the Thomas Nelson Publishers warehouse, which if you ever visited, is a massive facility. HarperCollins already has closed the Zondervan warehouse in Grand Rapids. This is one of the consolidation moves where the parent company makes money by reducing duplicate efforts. It does not mean they are doing less business, merely that they now are shipping from one location.
10 Marketing Techniques That Annoy Potential Readers - Good reminders from Jon Gibbs on Nathan Bransford’s blog.
Cokesbury Chain to Close All Stores – Another sign of changing times. The United Methodist church is closing their bookstore chain of 35 stores and shuttering their 19 Seminary bookstores. Before panic sets in realize that those stores focused mainly on selling to Methodist clergy and their church supplies. But it does signal that it is that much more difficult to sell books, in stores, regardless of the core customer.
Wikipedia Export Feature – This allows you to export various articles of your choice into an epub file or PDF which you can then read on your computer or favorite e-reader. Collect all your preliminary research from Wikipedia into one place and save yourself time later. Of course you should not use Wikipedia as your sole source of research, but it a great way to get a solid overview on a topic with relative ease.
Why Adults Read YA Fiction – Maureen McGowan makes an interesting case. Do agree or disagree?
Would The Hunger Games Get Published Today? - An interesting quote from the article below. Do you agree or disagree?
“A book that’s very similar to Hunger Games may find obstacles getting published today, but that would most likely be because it wouldn’t be seen as fresh enough now that so many dystopians are on the market, not necessarily because of a show of violence or oppression or political themes.”
New Christian Imprint from Random House – The Crown division which already has Doubleday, Image, and Waterbrook/Multnomah add Convergent. See the link for a full description of the types of books they are acquiring.
Elizabeth Taylor #1 Earning Dead Celebrity – Surpassed Michael Jackson this year. But seriously, $75 million in perfume sales alone?