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Should I buy the physical book, or should I buy the e-book? This is a question I am sure many of us ask ourselves when we encounter a new book that we would like to read. It would be great to have the hardcover edition of the 500 page epic fantasy with the full color pullout maps included. However, the idea of bringing that treasure of a book onto a crowded subway would be absolutely horrifying; not to mention how heavy it would be. If only you could have the e-book, too, so that you could read it conveniently anywhere on your smartphone or e-reader. Although I imagine that many of us don’t want to buy both because of the added price, even if it might be only a few more dollars.

Introducing BitLit, an app that gives consumers an easy way to claim free or discounted e-book editions of the physical books that they already own. According to Publishers Weekly, “Once a consumer has downloaded the BitLit app, they can use it to take a photo/scan of the cover of the print book they own. Then they must write their name clearly on the book’s copyright page and take a photo/scan of the page with the app. Once the copyright page is scanned, the e-book is registered to that consumer and they will receive an email with a link to download the e-book in e-Pub or PDF formats.”

So, no, you cannot go to the bookstore or library and take photos of every cover and copyright page. The book must belong to you.

You can use the BitLit app with your Apple products or your Android. Currently, the app offers access to about 20,000 titles, most of which are from independent publishers. Some of the publishers and distributors that have partnered with BitLit are IPG, Chicago Review Press, O’Reilly Media, Other Press, and Kids Can Press.

Wouldn’t this be nice to have as an e-book?

HarperCollins is the first of the Big Five to partner with BitLit. With its introductory program, HarperCollins will launch six titles priced from $1.99 to $2.99. A few of these titles will include Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon15 Seconds by Andrew Gross, and Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. HarperCollins plans to offer a new title each week, and will promote the bundling program via its newsletter and its recently relaunched wesbite, HarperCollins.com.

Chief-Digital Officer at HarperCollins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, said BitLit “offers readers another way to engage with the books they’ve purchased so they can read in various formats as they choose. It provides added value to consumers at a discounted price, and additional sales for our authors.”

Overall, it appears that BitLit is both a store for e-books and a hub for retrieving, sometimes free, e-book versions of the physical titles we already own. Using BitLit as the outlet for providing e-book versions is a great option for publishers. Then, all the publisher would have to do is simply advertise on the physical book, or through a newsletter like HarperCollins, that the e-book version is available through BitLit for free or for a discounted price.

I really hope this catches on with even more publishers. I know I would have loved to own the e-book version of Haruki Murakami’s massive novel 1Q84 in congruence with my physical book. It definitely would have saved some space, and backache, on the subway.

Find out more about the partnership with HarperCollins and BitLit on Publishers Weekly.

quote of the weekk“People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
 George Bernard Shaw




July 29, 2014

Malcolm Gladwell

Join author Malcolm Gladwell as he discusses his new book David and Goliath. @ Barnes and Noble, 33 East 17th Street, 7:00 p.m.

July 30, 2014

Jay and Silent Bob

The Dynamic twosome from Clerks make a rare appearance in honor of their new book, Jay & Silent Bob’s Blueprints for Destroying Everything, an illustrated collection on how to wreak havoc wherever you go. Kevin Smith will pre-sign books prior to the event that will be sold on-site, day-of. Jason Mewes will sign books following the event and will be happy to take photos with people who purchase the book. Please note: Only books will be signed at this event. @ Bryant Park Reading Room, 12:30 p.m.

Wes Anderson

Illustrator Matt Zoller Seitz will be discussing the collaborative book all about Wes Anderson, The Wes Anderson Collection. @ Barnes and Noble, 97 Warren Street, 6:00 p.m.

The Nixon Defense

John Dean, White House Counsel during the Nixon administration, discusses his provocative new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It and other details of the Watergate cover-up. @ Barnes and Noble, 2289 Broadway, 7:00 p.m.

Small Southern Comforts

Novelist Bridgett Davis will lead a discussion of short stories by four of the most influential writers of the 20th century. For this session, she will discuss Welty’s mythological influences in The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty. @ Brooklyn Public Library, 2:00 p.m.


Type: Full Time

Position: Sales Assistant – Field and International

Location: New York, NY

The Sales Assistant supports sales activities across the Americas for US field sales and International sales in Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean & Mexico.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Maintain databases by inputting sales and promotional materials for sales reps and customers.
  • Create presentations and sales materials for field reps and conferences.
  • Work closely with distributor to resolve customer queries.
  • Create and maintain sales reports utilizing internal systems for the Senior Sales Managers.
  • Contact customers and follow up on potential sales leads.
  • Assist with and enable communication flow between sales teams, distributors and Bloomsbury UK export sales team.
  • Support Sales Directors and Senior Managers with daily administrative tasks.
  • Work with editorial and marketing departments as directed to provide necessary sales reports.


  • Keen interest in sales as well as two to three years of related experience in a support role. Bachelor degree strongly preferred as is experience in publishing.
  • Professional demeanor—Customer service is a must.
  • Must have excellent speaking and written skills.
  • Must be able to adapt quickly and accordingly to various situations.
  • Must know Microsoft Office. Clear understanding of Excel is essential. Some HTML skills preferred but not required.
  • Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills

View the original job posting here.

Time Inc. – Instyle, Essence, StyleWatch

Type: Full Time

Position: Assistant Marketing Manager

Location: New York, NY

This position will provide an outstanding opportunity for an Assistant Marketing Manager to learn about and assist with strategic initiatives and day-to-day activities for retaining InStyle, Essence and People StyleWatch subscribers.


  • Assist the Marketing Manager in managing day-to-day activities for all retention/loyalty channels, including creative development, consumer segmentation, and fulfillment operations
  • Focus on modernizing subscriber communications by driving transactions online, creating targeted messaging and segments, and optimizing existing marketing channels
  • Implement and analyze marketing initiatives and tests; provide recommendations as they relate to the brand’s strategic direction
  • Partner with cross-functional teams (Production, Promotion and Operations/Fulfillment) to ensure integration of objectives, strategy and execution
  • Contribute to ad hoc projects for the brands and/or the division, which could include work on the following: pricing/offer strategy, premium development, loyalty programs, etc.
  • Conduct regular renewal and payment rate revenue forecasting/budgeting and manage financial expense reconciliations


  • Ability to adapt to and perform in a fast-paced, changing environment
  • Smart, results-oriented, ability to think creatively and strategically
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities and meet deadlines
  • Exceptional work ethic and a commitment to high-quality deliverables with a high attention to detail
  • Demonstrate outstanding written and verbal communication skills with various levels of management
  • Must possess exceptionally strong analytical and quantitative skills
  • Self starter with high level of initiative

View the original job posting here.

micPace Alum and Production manager in International Digital Operations at NOOK Media/BN.com, Dior Vargas, was just recently featured in an article entitled, “23 Women Show Us Their Favorite Position.” While the title is certainly referring to an innuendo, it’s not in the way you think. As the article recalls, Lauren Conrad, fashion designer and star of MTV’s Laguna Beach and diorThe Hills, was asked what her favorite position was in an interview and without missing a beat, the ever-professional and level headed Conrad responded, “CEO.”

Which got the minds at Identities.Mic turning. If Conrad could so easily respond to what was supposed to be a demeaning inquiry and in effect flip it on it’s head, what if they asked other successful and ambitious women the same thing. The result was not only encouraging, but empowering as well. As evidenced by Vargas’s answer, we’re proud to call her an alumni.

When asked what her favorite position was, she confidently responded with her current job title, Production Manager. But she doesn’t leave it at that. Vargas explains why her position is her favorite in an incredibly pertinent way saying, “My favorite part about this job is that I get to be at the forefront of the latest developments in digital newsstand publishing. Also, I get to work with publishers from 32 countries and in 21 languages! There are very few women of color in this industry, so I am very happy to be part of it.”

We’re happy you’re a part of it, too!

penguin-random-housePenguin Random House is looking for 2 positions!

The first is a temp eBook QA position on the eBook Corrections Team in Midtown.

The other is a permanent position being a font administrator downtown.

Please e-mail your resume to Prof. Kathy Sandler if interested, at ksandler@pace.edu.

simon-and-schuster-logoFall internship description:

Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, India and the United Kingdom.

The Simon and Schuster Internship Program participants will have an unmatched, behind-the-scenes learning experience. Though interns work within specific departments, they are able to explore all aspects of the business of book publishing through speaker presentations, mentoring relationships and networking opportunities.

Interns are placed within specific imprints or divisions on either the adult or children’s side of the business based on interest, experience, academic coursework, and the Simon and Schuster business needs. Past assignments have typically been within editorial, marketing, and publicity departments.

Interns will both shadow and work alongside publishing professionals.  They will also attend meetings and events and participate in weekly lunch and learn programs designed specifically for the intern class.

Each year will have three 10 week programs to represent the Summer, Fall and Spring sessions. The summer session will be 35 hours a week and the Fall and Spring sessions will be a minimum of 16-20 hours a week to accommodate the interns’ academic schedules.


Required qualifications:

· Must be currently enrolled undergraduates (Juniors and Seniors preferred) or graduate students while in the program

· Must submit an application with cover letter through the Simon and Schuster career site at www.simonandschuster.biz/careers

· Must be legally permitted to work in the United States after graduation; Completion of the application assumes eligibility to work in the United States.


Required experience and skills:

· Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

· A passion for books and an eagerness to tell us about it

· A great attitude and desire to learn

quote of the weekk“You think your pain and your heartbreak are unprecedented in the history of the world, but then you read. It was books that taught me that the things that tormented me most were the very things that connected me with all the people who were alive, or who had ever been alive.”
― James Baldwin




Intern Event


Pace MS in Publishing Students:

From the “Intern Queen” :

If you’re looking for an internship, this is a fantastic opportunity! 

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Intern Queen Party in New York City and to our 1st Ever Intern Queen Party in Washington DC! The tickets are FREE and  we’re announcing more speakers each day! It’s a night to celebrate the end of internship season, to network with your fellow interns, and to learn from amazing professionals.

The RSVP links are below and we hope to see you there!

Register now for your FREE ticket!

New York – July 30th, 2014: internqueenpartynyc2014.eventbrite.com

Washington DC – August 5th, 2014: internqueenpartydc.eventbrite.com


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