Link of the Week: Humble Bundle Teams Up with Image Comics

In the age of e-reading, we have grown close to the idea that digital content should be cheap, or better yet, free. We can’t seem to help this present mentality. It is even better when companies like Humble Bundle create opportunities for thrifty consumers to purchase quality content at a low price. Better yet, Humble Bundle allows us to decide how much we want to pay when it comes to their weekly bundles. So the content isn’t exactly free, but it is pretty close. What is even better than that is that we can choose how to divide up our purchase money. We can send a certain percentage to one publisher, and a different percentage to another publisher. We can even give a percentage to a nonprofit organization. Recently added to the list was the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

Speaking of comics, this week’s bundle from Humble Bundle is four beautiful digital graphic novels from Image Comics. If you pay over the average price of $9.87 then you can unlock six more graphic novels.

Here are some of the details about the comic book bundle from their website:

“Over 60 issues of digital comics books contained within 12 captivating collections. The Humble Image Comics Bundle features twelve publications of panel based storytelling from talented authors and illustrators. Name your price for the first volumes of East of WestLazarusMorning Glories and Fatale. Contribute more than the average and also receive the first volumes of RevivalChewThe Manhattan Projects and Invincible, plus volumes one and two of Saga.

As an added bonus, we will also include Vol. 1 (issues 1 – 6) and Vol. 20 (issues 115 – 120) of The Walking Dead for those who pay $15 or more. Vol. 1 for those who never read the graphic novel before and the newly released Vol. 20 for you diehard fans.

Pay what you want. Purchased separately, this instant comic collection would cost over $106, but we are letting you set the price!

Compatible with computers and mobile devices. These comics are available in multiple formats including CBR, CBZ, PDF, and ePub, so they work on your computer, eBook readers, and a wide array of mobile devices! Instructions and a list of recommended reading programs can be found here.

Support charities, authors and illustrators. You choose where your money goes: between the authors and illustrators along with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. If you like this promotion, a tip to Humble Bundle would be greatly appreciated!”

Originally, Humble Bundle only offered video games, but now they have jumped into other e-territory. According to Publishers Weekly, the company will be launching a “Book Tab” section on May 13 which will be dedicated to e-book and audiobook promotions. Twice a month, Humble Bundle will offer two e-book/audiobook bundles. This is sure to be an instant success. Who knows how publishers will react to these types of promotions?

The Reading Life

Reading life WEB 2 hi res_0Ever wanted to get inside of your favorite author’s head? Well, The University of New Orleans has done just that. Through their radio station, WWNO 89.9, they produce a twice a week radio show, called The Reading Life, where Susan Larson, President of the WNBA New Orleans chapter,  interviews and chats with various authors on literary topics and their upcoming books. The show airs on Tuesdays 1:30 pm and Fridays 7:30 pm (but you can listen online, here)

Jeff Kinney, author of the The Diary of A Wimpy Kid, and Dav Pilkey, author of the Captain Underpants series will be featured on The Reading Life this week discussing their books.



We are pleased to announce the 2014 Robert Edgell Scholarship and Littleford Scholarship winners:  Christine Noury and Alexandra Calamela.

Each year, the Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) awards these Scholarships to students from Pace University’s MS in Publishing program who demonstrates an understanding of and an interest in the business-to-business media industry.

This year these students have each been awarded the scholarship and will be placed in an internship with a B2B magazine during the summer of 2014.  This is a $5000 scholarship that will be paid to each student over the course of the internship.

christineChristine Noury will be graduating from the MS in Publishing program this May and has a Bachelors degree English with a minor in Psychology from Rutgers University. During her time at Pace she worked part-time as a Production Manager at Progressive Media Group, Inc., and also was an Assistant Editor Summer Intern at nHouse Publishing Inc.

“I am so honored to be this year’s recipient of the Edgell Scholarship. I would like to thank BPEF and ABM for awarding me this great honor. I would also like to thank Professor Denning for encouraging me to take this opportunity. My time at Pace has allowed me to gain an invaluable perspective into the world of publishing. My interest in business-to-business publishing grew from the very beginning of my time at Pace and continued to grow as I interned and now working for Progressive Media Group, a digital B2B company, as Production Manager.

I would like to thank my professors for sharing their knowledge with me and making my dream a reality. Pace has offered me many opportunities and I will forever be grateful. I would also like to acknowledge my parents, who have shared and supported this dream with me all my life. I hope that I have made you proud. I will forever be thankful for your constant encouraging words and support.

The publishing program at Pace has been a dream come true. It has enriched my knowledge of the publishing industry and I look forward to being an integral part of the publishing world. As a Pace publishing student, it is my duty to contribute my knowledge and passion into this great industry and Pace has truly prepared me for this moment.

Thank you again for awarding me this scholarship.”

alexandraAlexandra Calamela just completed her first year in the MS in Program as a 4/1 student from Marymount Manhattan where she just graduated with a  degree in English and World Literature and a minor in French.  Alexandra has been working at the Social Media Intern for Seven C’s Productions since 2013.

“I am very excited about receiving the Edgell scholarship and am very grateful for the opportunity that it will afford me. I cannot say thank you enough to Pace and BPEF for what will undoubtedly be a great experience. My time at Pace thus far has only made me more excited to work in the publishing industry and I am grateful for this chance to begin that work this summer. 

Thanks to the scholarship, not only will I be able to continue my studies at Pace through the summer, but I will be able to gain more experience working in the field thanks to BPEF internships. I am sure that the knowledge that I have already acquired from the few classes that I have attended at Pace will help me to face many of the challenges that may come my way this summer, and that my experience with a business-to-business publication will afford me so much more knowledge that I can take with me onto further experiences in the industry.” 

About BPEF

The Business Press Educational Foundation (BPEF) Internship program gives college students the chance to work at business media companies, in either editorial or non-editorial roles. BPEF, affiliated with ABM, the association of business information and media companies, was established in 1985 by Harold W, McGraw Jr., then-chairman of The McGraw-Hill Companies.

Since then, BPEF has actively promoted the business media industry among college students nationwide through a unique internship program and various scholarships. Over the last two decades, BPEF has placed over 700 students in internships and awarded more than 75 scholarships.

To learn more about BPEF, click here.

About ABM

ABM, the association of business information and media companies, is the center of the global b-to-b ecosystem. As the only association focused on the integrated b-to-b media model — which includes business information, digital, print and events — ABM delivers intelligence to industry professionals worldwide, including Madison Avenue, Wall Street and the Beltway. With more than $20 billion in annual revenues, ABM’s 200 member companies reach an audience of more than 100 million professionals, publish nearly 4,000 print and online titles, and host over 1,000 trade shows.

To learn more about ABM, click here.

NYC Entrepreneurial Journalism and Media Meetup – 21st Century Book Marketing


21st Century Book Marketing

Thursday, May 15, 2014

6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

219 West 40th Street, New York, NY

Price: $15.00/per person

Book publishing is undergoing a radical transformation. Writers and agents, publishers and their staffs face a seemingly infinite array of possibilities for getting material published and marketing it.

Which if any of the decades-old ways of promoting a book and author are still applicable, and what new methods apply to which titles? In an environment where, by some counts, over two million new books appear each year in the United States alone, such questions play a vital part in determining the success or failure of a given work.

In this special event, the CUNY Publishing Institute will focus on traditional and new ways of marketing a book to its audience.

Agenda — Participants will:

  • Listen to, and interact with, some of the most interesting people behind the marketing of books today;
  • Analyze what we’ve heard, pick out the best of the new and the old;
  • Work on case studies;
  • Lay out a strategy for future book promotion.

Topics include:

  • Books reviews: print and online, how to get them–and do they matter;
  • Low-cost, highly effective alternative methods of promotion;
  • The myth and reality of social media’s impact.

Speakers include:

  • Dianna Dilworth, editor, GalleyCat;
  • Fernanda Diaz, associate director of content,;
  • Steve Gottlieb, CEO, Shindig;
  • Alex Lencicki, director of marketing and publicity at Orbit (a division of Hachette)
  • Anne Sullivan, independent publicity consultant, former director of publicity, The New Press;
  • John Oakes, co-publisher, OR Books

Cost: $15. Limited to 30 participants. Participants receive a 15% discount off the 2014 CUNY Publishing Institute course, June 2-6 ($225 value).

Click here to learn more about this event and to RSVP!

Quote of the Week

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. To celebrate, let’s recognize the strong and effervescent Mary Harris Jones, the namesake of Mother Jones magazine. Jones was an Irish-American activist born in 1837. She was an opponent of child labor and a powerhouse of change. The magazine itself reflects the core values of Mary Harris Jones and inspires others to do the same. Discover more about Mother Jones magazine.


I’m not a humanitarian. I’m a hell-raiser.

I am not afraid of the pen, or the scaffold, or the sword.

Sit down and read. Educate yourself for the coming conflicts.

– Mary Harris Jones