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Other winners during last night’s awards gala included: New York Magazine and New York Times withe three awards each, California Sunday for design and photography, and Modern Farmer for general excellence in special interest magazines. Here is a complete list of winners from the night.
The National Magazine Awards are sponsored by the American Society of Magazine Editors in association with the Columbia Journalism School.
Major magazine publishing companies such as Hearst, Condé Nast, and Time Inc. have restructured and consolidated several groups in their respective print titles in order to keep costs down to combat the growing digital world of publishing. Print titles like Self Magazine at Condé Nast have committed to a digital-only brand. Other magazine have joined staffs at several groups into one category. A larger digital investment appears to be the only strategy that can save magazine brands as readers are continuing to shift their general attention to online media outlets.
“We have long believed that collaboration is the key to ongoing creativity and innovation, and we’ve seen its success in action over the past four years,” said a spokesperson for Hearst, “Brands refine their individual points-of-view, and dynamic editors expand their skills and talent to the benefit of all.”
Today is National United Nations Day! The 24th of October is honored in the United Nations as being a day to commemorate the organization’s work throughout the world since 1948. October 24th was chosen in particular because it is the anniversary the UN’s official start date. There’s a concert tonight in celebration of this occasion at the UN Assembly Hall with the theme of “Freedom First.”
The Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded on Thursday to singer/songwriter Bob Dylan. Dylan is the first American to win the prize in more than two decades since Toni Morrison won in 1993—and the surprise culmination of years of far-out betting speculation.
The Swedish Academy commended Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” while secretary Sara Danils later added, for those expressing surprise at their choice, that “if you look far back, 5000 years, you discover Homer and Sappho. They wrote poetic texts which were meant to be performed, and it’s the same way for Bob Dylan. We still read Homer and Sappho, and we enjoy it.”
Simon & Schuster, Dylan’s longtime publisher, was set to release the updated and revised version of Dylan’s The Lyrics: 1961-2012—now priced at $60, after the first version was released as a limited edition in 2014 priced at $299—on November 8, but spokesperson Adam Rothberg tells us “we will be accelerating publication” with a new release date still to be determined. And S&S publisher Jonathan Karp said in a statement: “We congratulate Bob Dylan on this extraordinary honor. For decades, he has fused poetry and music with groundbreaking artistry.”
Today marks the 100th birthday for the late, great Author, poet, screenwriter, and fighter pilot, Roald Dahl. Dahl lives on through his amazing work such as James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, and The Twits among others– some of which were adapted into successful screenplays and films.
Dahl had a way with words throughout his writing career, which the Huffington Post compiled in an article titled “50 Amazing Words Roald Dahl Made Up” You can click the link and read some interesting words that Dahl used in his stories.
“A person is a fool to become a writer. His only compensation is absolute freedom. He has no master except his own soul, and that, I am sure, is why he does it,” Roald Dahl
Prof. Jane Kinney-Denning, the Executive Director of Internships and Corporate Outreach was named the national President of the Women’s National Book Association in June of this year. The WNBA http://www.wnba-books.org was founded in 1917 and will be celebrating the organizations Centennial in 2017.
When publishing is discussed on public forums, often only the biggest houses garner attention. Examples of high profile news coverage include the Amazon vs. Hachette disputes, and the price-fixing Apple vs. the Big Five issue. It’d be inaccurate to say that independent publishers don’t receive attention, but the influence they have is limited when it comes to the general population.
This week, I found an article on Flavorwire that highlights 25 successful indie presses, emphasizing the fact that their success is the reason many consider right now the “Golden Age of Independent Publishing.” The attention given to the Big Five is understandable: they’re the ones with the most push in the industry, and many measure their health as an indicator of the health of publishing in general. But there’s something to be said about the success of indie publishers, and with the increase of startups and unique niche publishers (Two Dollar Radio, for example, or Future Tense Publishing), it could be said that big publishers have more low-level competition that challenges their assumed positions of power.
Another piece of notable news: this year’s Indie Bookstore Day was a success! It was the first annual, and due to its widespread success, plans for 2016’s event are in the works, Publisher’s Weekly reports. Read the full report here.
Professor Kathy Sandler was honored by the National Graphic Arts Society, Gamma Epsilon Tau, which presented her with their prestigious Gold Key Award on May 28th in New York City.
Attending the event were many industry luminaries, including Bo Sacks, and Professor Sandler’s family – husband Nick, son Teddy, and daughter Mirabel, and her sister Julie. Professor Soares also attended the event.
Professor Sandler is an industry leader in publishing technology and has been recognized for her skill and vision throughout her career. She has worked in both magazines and books, spending 20 years at Hearst Magazines, then at Meredith Publications, where she was involved in developing digital editions for Parents and Fitness magazines. She later moved to Scholastic, where she facilitated the launch Scholastic’s digitally curated library, Storia. Currently, she is the Senior Manager, Content Applications and Digital Workflow Development, at Penguin Random House.
Professor Sandler has been included in the list of the 40 most Influential People in Publishing by Folio Magazine. A past president of Women In Production, Sandler has also served on the boards or committees of many industry organizations, including of the Association of Graphic Communications, the American Business Press Production/Manufacturing Technology Committee, the IDEAlliance PRISM and
DIM-2 Committees, and the Publishers Symposium.
For more information about Gamma Epsilon Tau, click here.
The big day has arrived! Book Expo America has rolled into New York City and has opened its doors for book enthusiasts starting Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29th. Big publishers, small houses, and publishing professionals, students, and book lovers alike have gathered at the Javits Center for author signings, ARC copies, and many opportunities to learn about what’s going on in the book world. Click for a full list of events and vendors.
Publisher’s Weekly has put together a “daily show” of what’s happening at the BEA, with coverage that includes author interviews, articles on news, highlights, author bios, and more. It’s a handy read that prepares any attendee for what they might encounter. The BEA is a huge event; planning is the best way to take advantage of all the opportunities an individual or group might be interested in.
Most publishers seem to believe the worst is now over, that the industry has survived an inconvenient tsunami warning that turned out to be nothing but an unseasonably high tide.
That is, according to Gareth Cuddy, the founder and CEO of Vearsa, in a recent article on Digital Book World titled “Publishing’s Digital Disruption Hasn’t Even Started.” (Click here to read entire article; it’s long, but certainly worth your time.)
With ebooks settling down, I think it’s safe to say that publishers have regained hope in the production and profitable sales of print books, which is fantastic. But consumption and distribution of content has been fundamentally changing, and so whether ebooks continue to make a considerable profit makes no difference. The fact is, publishing has changed. And another thing: it hasn’t stopped changing.
It’s easy to take a breath of relief when a particular threat has shown itself to be inconsequential, to lessen your guard when you know that obstacle is no longer an obstacle. But what about the unknown, unforeseeable obstacles that you haven’t prepared for?
Cuddy brings up an interesting argument and outlines a distinct pattern in disruption. Publishing falls somewhere in the middle of the pattern, which leads him to believe that “for anyone to think that the digital disruption book publishing has experienced in the last few years is over or receding would be foolish in the extreme” (Source).
What do you think? Has publishing gotten over its hump and can it look forward to smooth sailing, or is there still a lot of turmoil ahead?