World Book Night – April 23, 2014

Why does World Book Night exist?

Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise.

Each year, 30- 35 books are chosen by an independent panel of librarians and booksellers. The authors of the books waive their royalties and the publishers agree to pay the costs of producing the specially-printed World Book Night U.S. editions. Bookstores and libraries sign up to be community host locations for the volunteer book givers.

After the book titles are announced, members of the public apply to personally hand out 20 copies of a particular title in their community. World Book Night U.S. vets the applications, and the givers are chosen based on their ability to reach light and non-readers. The selected givers choose a local participating bookstore or library from which to pick up the 20 copies of their book, and World Book Night U.S. delivers the books to these host locations.

Givers pick up their books in the week before World Book Night. On April 23rd, they give their books to those who don’t regularly read and/or people who don’t normally have access to printed books, for reasons of means or geography.

There will also be several kickoff events. Quite a few authors, including Tobias Wolff and Walter Dean Myers, will be at the New York Public Library on April 22 from 6:30 to 8pm.

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Full-time position: Advertising and Promotions Assistant with Penguin

Do you have an interest in design? Advertising? Promotions?

The Putnam, Riverhead, and Tarcher Advertising and Promotions department is looking for an enthusiastic, creative individual. This person will support the Associate Director in maintaining an organized and productive environment. This position is also responsible for designing various promotional materials.


Specifically, the Advertising and Promotions Assistant will:

  • Work closely with the Ad/Promo Associate Director and design team to maintain organized and productive workflow.
  • Work with manager and paperback team to coordinate, layout, and submit designed back ads for production.
  • Design posters and blowups and coordinate printing, meeting all deadlines.
  • Design print and online advertisements and promotional materials, including static and animated ads, printed postcards, bookmarks, and brochures for the Tarcher imprint.
  • Route catalog copy for the Riverhead, Putnam, Tarcher, and Audio imprints during catalog season.
  • Design images for social media for all imprints.
  • Update department status report, including keeping track of all requests from publicity, sales, marketing and working with manager and designers to deliver on time.
  • Organize presentation run-throughs, booking rooms and contacting attendees for scheduling.
  • Maintain the advertising archive, filing ads and promotional items.
  • Set up promo item ISBNs in Firebrand.
  • Create visual presentations using InDesign and PowerPoint.
  • Provide administrative support when needed.

Please apply if you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Four year college degree in graphic design or communications design or equivalent work experience
  • Highly proficient in Photoshop and InDesign
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills, strong attention to detail; able to turn projects around quickly and multitask
  • Strong interest in book publishing and promotional design

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Knowledge of Illustrator
  • Strong interest in advertising and promotions

The salary for this position is $35,250. Full-time employees are eligible for comprehensive benefits package. To apply, submit your portfolio, resume, and cover letter to Indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. No phone calls/agencies please.

Summer Internship with Simon & Schuster

Looking for a hands-on internship for this summer in book publishing? Whether you’re into editorial, publicity, marketing, or digital, Simon & Schuster should be your next summer internship application stop.


Check out this interview about Pace’s relationship with Simon & Schuster, where you can read about Pace students’ experiences at S&S.

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.

Job Description
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:
  • 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

If you are interested, please follow the link above to submit an application. Please let Prof. Jane Denning, Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach, know if you apply and plan to enroll in PUB 699A during Summer I.

Paid Internship with White Plains Cares Coalition

Interns are needed in order to help the White Plains Cares Coalition with the development of a Health and Wellness Magazine

The internship will run from March to August of 2014, and each intern will receive a stipend payment for 60 hours of work.

Duties include:

  • Magazine formatting
  • Content development
  • Interviewing for articles
  • Marketing assistance
Applicants must be proficient with MS Office. Familiarity with Adobe InDesign and Illustrator would be helpful, but is not required.

Send your resume and cover letter directly to Chanelle Hyde, Coalition & Community Youth Court Coordinator, at

Spring Editorial Internship Position with W. W. Norton

The college division at W. W. Norton & Company is seeking a spring intern (January-April) to assist with editorial projects in the Political Science department. Responsibilities will vary, but will include assisting with the preparation of manuscripts and ancillary materials, researching market data, assisting with various stages of production, and other day-to-day administrative tasks. Interns will gain insight into the editorial, marketing, and sales aspects of textbook publishing.

Ideal candidates are detail-oriented, organized, able to complete projects under minimal supervision, and have an interest in the field of political science. Interns will be expected to work between 15-20 hours per week, though specific work hours are flexible.

If interested, please e-mail your résumé and your cover letter to Sarah Wolf at

If you apply to this internship, please let Professor Denning know at