Resource Spotlight: Publishing Research Quarterly

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Publishing Research Quarterly is an international forum for the publication of original peer-reviewed papers offering significant research and analyses on the full range of the publishing industry. The journal analyzes content development, production, distribution, and marketing of books, magazines, journals, and online information services in relation to the social, political, economic, and technological conditions that shape the publishing process. Its broad coverage shows how different sectors of the industry operate, from editorial decision-making to order processing.

Topics include product development, marketing, finance, and print and online distribution as well as the relationship between publishing activities and the publishing industry’s constituencies among industry, government, and consumers. The journal presents scholarly articles, research reports, review papers, essays, surveys, memoirs, statistics, letters, notes and book reviews.

Do you want to publish your article in this journal?

You can visit the homepage of Publishing Research Quarterly  to register for an online subscription and for full details on:

  • aims and scope
  • editorial policy
  • article submission

In the News: Newsweek Roundup

As you might have heard, Newsweek has just announced that they are ceasing to publish the printed version of their magazine. Editor Tina Brown stated that we will stop seeing the magazines on stands by the end of the year, and in January of 2013 they will begin to publish a tablet version of the magazine. Read Brown’s letter on the matter here. Content will also be delivered through the website The Daily Beast, a company which they have been partnered with in the past. Take a look at the Newsweek’s page of the Beast here. Brown says thatNewsweek is looking to the future, and hopes to cut out a lot of the cost associated with printing and distribution. Fans and critics alike have taken to the internet to contextualize and process this news.

  • The Wall Street Journal puts the business aspects of this into perspective for those of us who aren’t familiar with the publication. How much will this change save the company and how will advertising revenue be structured with this change?
  • PBS contributor Devin Harner opines that going digital won’t solve Newsweek’s problems. He calls for better, more informed content. 
  • The New York Times gathers reactions from the top names in the industry on their Media Decoder Blog.
  • Tina Brown discusses the decision with CBS News on video.  
  • Buzzfeed has a great post honoring 80 years of Newsweek covers. What one is your favorite?

How do you think Newsweek will fare going digital? Share your opinion in the comments!

Link of the Week: Flavorwire

Flavorwire posts a wide variety of articles on topics that pertain to people from all types of backgrounds. They cover global events, art, books, music, and pop culture. Flavorwire does not discriminate against so-called lowbrow content; as they say, “if it’s compelling, we’re sharing it.” Among the articles posted under the books heading are author interviews, comical spoofs, and thoughtful image-based pieces. The authors and contributors of Flavorwire articles wish to connect readers to content in a relaxed and entertaining environment. Regardless of personal interests and hobbies, Flavorwire has something for everyone.