The Wix Lounge in New York City is a membership-based program that offers space to hosts events, exhibits, and collaborations, as well as workshops, online website assistance, and other support for professionals in young, growing businesses.
The Wix Lounge caters to individuals and groups who need space to work or guidance to incorporate technology into their marketing plans. While useful for smaller visions, Wix has about 90 million users worldwide and operating out of 190 countries, allowing them a firsthand understanding of global outreach to better assist larger projects. Though they do emphasize providing in-person workspace access in Manhattan, Wix also gives members access to website building that doesn’t rely on a knowledge of coding and help with how to lay it out. This is a great company for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and free-lancers to consider signing up for because of the amount of services and aid that Wix gives to members.
A little over a year into her position as the 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla Hayden continues to make content digitization and social media outreach of the Library of Congress priorities.
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, filled with an impressive archive of magazines, books, and documents from the lives of prominent Americans dating back to its founding in 1800. Though it’s open to the public, nothing in the library may be taken out. To make library materials more accessible to the public, Hayden has doubled-down on continuing work with The Internet Archive in their ongoing efforts to digitize the contents of their library (so far they’re a little over 16 years into the process). Some of their most famous collections to be scanned online so far range from the Rosa Park Papers to the Abraham Lincoln Papers.
She also has made it a point to have more of a social media presence to include more people in what goes on at the national library, something new for a Librarian of Congress.
In a role historically given to white men, Hayden is the first black woman to be the Librarian of Congress, something that has given her the title of “radical librarian”—though she thinks that a woman holding this position reflects the workforce (85% of librarians are women) and that “leading the largest symbol of knowledge in the world is quite momentous” as a black woman when black people have historically been denied the right to read and were punished for doing so. Hayden’s achievements and dedication to this prestigious job is something she hopes will inspire black children that they can succeed in any area they feel passionate about.
Scholastic announced that they will be publishing a book by and about activist Marley Dias, the founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks.
What started as a passion project fueled by the disappointment with the lack of black female protagonists in books read in classes, Dias’s mission of finding 1000 books starring black girls in children’s literature has expanded to a social movement. Having collected over 8,000 books so far with black female main characters—well beyond her initial goal of 1,000 titles—Dias continues to use her voice to gather book titles that let black girls have heroes to look up to that she couldn’t find in school books.
Scholastic shares that Dias’s book will be about how she was able to take her dream and make it into a reality, and provides tips and lessons to motivate other children into working to make their own aspirations into a reality. She is also thrilled about working with Scholastic, saying they are “the perfect partner for spreading my message of diversity, inclusion and social action.”
Prestigious magazine publisher Condé Nast has eliminated the “publisher” career title within their company in order to allow their leadership positions to embrace additional roles that are more multimedia/digitally-focused.
Following Time Inc.‘s removal of the publishing titles from their own company last summer, Condé Nast is making major moves to restructure their operations to “regrou[p] its magazines around chief business officers and chief industry officers responsible for business in seven top ad categories.” This shake-up is said to be done with the aim of being more responsive to consumers and modernizing themselves to simplify how they work and cooperate with partners and advertisers. This move also seems like a conscious away from traditional publishing ideologies and responsibilities to tackle and grow with technology. This is the first major act Condé Nast’s recent-hire Jim Norton, who is the chief business officer and president of revenue for the company.
Publishing Perspectives posted an article discussing the decline in publishing industry startups, the ins-and-outs of working in a book business, and what it takes to succeed in a field that’s constantly changing.
In the article, leading executives of three-year-old startup Shelfie shared their personal experiences navigating the creation, growth, and success of their company. Shelfie, which is an app that is designed to catalogue personal book collections and curate recommendations based on this data, is one of the few startups that have survived the small industry boom that was heralded in by the promise of oppurtunities provided by ebooks and digital book age. Other successful startups Shelfie mentions include Scribd, Wattpad, and Booktrack.
The Shelfie executives discussed that, though there is a learning curve to understanding the book publishing industry, that there are still possibilities to find a business niche if you support your idea and can tap into a market that generates more than $100 billion dollars on books.
Book of the Month is an online book reading community that allows members to receive a book of their choosing from 5 recently published, carefully selected books on a monthly basis.
To bring attention to some great books and get members involved in a community where they can discuss what they’ve read together, BOTM is an accessible, fun online book club. BOTM announces 5 books at the first of the month—which come complete with considerate reviews, sometimes author interviews, and comments from the judges who picked them—which you may choose one hardcover for that is shipped (for free) to your home by the sixth (or skip the month if you decide), then receive the book in a timely manner.
The genres of the books range from fiction to nonfiction, and have diverse authors. This month’s selections included Kathleen Collin’s WHATEVER HAPPENED TO INTERRACIAL LOVE? and THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon.
Prices range from $5 to $12 per month for its services.
If you’re interested in other sites such as this, the WNBA’s newsletter had some great ones to explore as holiday gift ideas, such as The Book Drop, The Bookworm Box, and the Quarterly Literary Box, among other similar services.
Ms. Magazine is a quarterly feminist magazine owned, run, and written by women since 1971.
Launched as a one-time run in the New York magazine, Ms. Magazine has grown to support and report on waves of feminism and women’s rights and battles in America. Noted as being as much of a “movement” as it is a magazine, Ms. Magazine is the “first national magazine to make feminist voices audible, feminist journalism tenable, and a feminist worldview available to the public.” The magazine continues to be a voice for women, broadcasting feminist issues online and in print.
Latinos in Publishing is a recently formed group of literary professionals dedicated to “supporting and increasing the number of Latino/a/x in the publishing industry, as well as promoting literature by, for, and about Latino/a/x people.“
Launched during 2016’s Hispanic Heritage Month in the US, the Latinos in Publishing group have established an online presence hoping to build a community for Latinx writers and publishers to enhance their professional networking and connections. The site they hoses offers resources (such as scholarships and references to agents) and job offers as well as books worked on by Latinx authors and publishers. The group also hosts and/or alerts readers to events on and offline to further gain attention and spread awareness to making the Latinx voice more represented in the American book market.
Gimlet Media is an award-winning podcast company based in Brooklyn with several narrative series.
Podcasts are episodic audio segments that can be downloaded and automatically updated on portable devices. Podcasts offer audiences entertainment that is reminiscent of radio shows, but with modern connivence. Gimlet itself has well-received shows about topics such as true crime, science, business, and history.
What’s notable about podcasts for current Pace students and alumni is how skills earned by acquiring an MS in Publishing are transferrable; a publishing degree can be used in broadcasting mediums such as podcasts, not just for books or magazines. Podcasts require a team of editors and the like that use many of the same skills learned from traditional publishing fields. There are also many podcasts that revolve around informing audiences about the publishing industry, so podcasts can be a useful tool as well as an understated option for a future career path.
Penguin Random House announced the launching of their new student loan repayment assistance program, set to begin in January 2017.
Working with student loan pay down provider Gradifi, Penguin Random House is creating a program to provide finical assistance to employees that will help them manage and pay down student loan debt. This aid will extend to full-time employees who have been with PRH at least one year. Considering the burden and economic hardships young professionals face while trying to manage their student loans and beginning their professional careers, actions such as this is a show of support from a major publisher that (hopefully!) could catch on in other companies and help future publishing professionals focus more on their futures and less on paying off their degrees.