Saturday, April 28, 2012

Conference "What Makes a Children's Book Great?" on May 31

News from Publishing Perspectives

Organized by Publishing Perspectives and sponsored by Scholastic Inc., this half-day conference on May 31, 2012 in New York will offer informed insight into the present and future of this fast-evolving area of publishing. Read more »

South Africa's Cover2Cover Books has founded the FunDza Literary Trust, with the goal of improving literacy in the teen and young adult market. 

Dom Testa, author of the popular Galahad series has created the Big Brain Club to help persuade young people that "smart is cool."

Scholastic's Storia is a proprietary platform for selling and distributing its own trade titles as well as those of other children's houses. 

Ruckus Media Group has introduced the Ruckus Reader a reading platform developed with educational experts and geared toward children aged 3 to 8. Read more »
One Story magazine launches One Teen Story, aimed at getting young readers to fall in love with short stories. Read more »

The Publishers Forum in Berlin addressed the growing development of digital products like enhanced e-books, digital textbooks, e-book subscriptions. 

Innovative sales and distribution models in publishing will be scrutinized extra carefully going forward, lest they fall prey to the label of collusion.
UK consumers pay 20% VAT on e-books but 0% on print books. The Publishers Association wants the 'stark anomaly' of different book taxes rectified.

In the spirit of collaboration, UK publishers and booksellers swap jobs for a day to share skills, knowledge and understanding.

The inaugural Tools of Change Latin America in Buenos Aires offered insights into metadata, e-book formats, and e-tailing, but missed participants from Spain. 

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