Link of the Week: HarperCollins Partners with BitLit

Should I buy the physical book, or should I buy the e-book? This is a question I am sure many of us ask ourselves when we encounter a new book that we would like to read. It would be great to have the hardcover edition of the 500 page epic fantasy with the full color pullout maps included. However, the idea of bringing that treasure of a book onto a crowded subway would be absolutely horrifying; not to mention how heavy it would be. If only you could have the e-book, too, so that you could read it conveniently anywhere on your smartphone or e-reader. Although I imagine that many of us don’t want to buy both because of the added price, even if it might be only a few more dollars.

Introducing BitLit, an app that gives consumers an easy way to claim free or discounted e-book editions of the physical books that they already own. According to Publishers Weekly, “Once a consumer has downloaded the BitLit app, they can use it to take a photo/scan of the cover of the print book they own. Then they must write their name clearly on the book’s copyright page and take a photo/scan of the page with the app. Once the copyright page is scanned, the e-book is registered to that consumer and they will receive an email with a link to download the e-book in e-Pub or PDF formats.”

So, no, you cannot go to the bookstore or library and take photos of every cover and copyright page. The book must belong to you.

You can use the BitLit app with your Apple products or your Android. Currently, the app offers access to about 20,000 titles, most of which are from independent publishers. Some of the publishers and distributors that have partnered with BitLit are IPG, Chicago Review Press, O’Reilly Media, Other Press, and Kids Can Press.

Wouldn’t this be nice to have as an e-book?

HarperCollins is the first of the Big Five to partner with BitLit. With its introductory program, HarperCollins will launch six titles priced from $1.99 to $2.99. A few of these titles will include Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon15 Seconds by Andrew Gross, and Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison. HarperCollins plans to offer a new title each week, and will promote the bundling program via its newsletter and its recently relaunched wesbite, HarperCollins.com.

Chief-Digital Officer at HarperCollins, Chantal Restivo-Alessi, said BitLit “offers readers another way to engage with the books they’ve purchased so they can read in various formats as they choose. It provides added value to consumers at a discounted price, and additional sales for our authors.”

Overall, it appears that BitLit is both a store for e-books and a hub for retrieving, sometimes free, e-book versions of the physical titles we already own. Using BitLit as the outlet for providing e-book versions is a great option for publishers. Then, all the publisher would have to do is simply advertise on the physical book, or through a newsletter like HarperCollins, that the e-book version is available through BitLit for free or for a discounted price.

I really hope this catches on with even more publishers. I know I would have loved to own the e-book version of Haruki Murakami’s massive novel 1Q84 in congruence with my physical book. It definitely would have saved some space, and backache, on the subway.

Find out more about the partnership with HarperCollins and BitLit on Publishers Weekly.

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: www.simonandschuster.biz/careers
  • 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.

Link of the Week: NPR

Whether or not you listen to one of their 959 radio stations, everyone is familiar with NPR, or National Public Radio. This blossoming media organization is at the forefront of digital innovation; they produce and provide the public with highly-acclaimed news, information, and music programming. NPR even has broadcasts that appeal to their more literary listeners – they offer news about books and authors as well as their suggestions for future reading. There is an entire section of their website devoted solely to author interviews. In this fast-paced world, book lovers may not have the opportunity to attend an author talk. With new content everyday, NPR provides listeners with the next best thing.

http://www.npr.org/sections/author-interviews/

Managing Editorial Internship Opportunity!

Open Road Integrated Media has an opening for the fall semester for two unpaid (school credit) interns to work 15 to 20 hours per week in its Managing Editorial department.

The Managing Editorial intern will assist the Managing Editorial department in a number of tasks related to ebook and POD production, including data entry, preparing hard copy files for digitization, device QA, departmental administrative tasks (mailing, scanning, etc.), and some proofreading.

This is a fast-paced, high-profile startup—details and deadlines are of the essence. The right individual will have the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of Managing Editorial in a next-generation publishing environment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Enter descriptive copy and other metadata as needed in title management system
  • Create title and copyright pages
  • Prep books for digitization
  • Proofread POD files
  • Perform quality assurance of Open Road titles on major reading devices (iPad, Kindle, and others)
  • Check current Open Road titles on Apple, Amazon, and other major retailers to ensure they are active and display the correct metadata
  • Assist in keeping title reports up-to-date and accurate

Requirements:

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to juggle multiple and varied tasks
  • Demonstrated interest in Managing Editorial and next-generation publishing
  • Knowledge of ereader devices and social media helpful

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Lauren Chomiuk, Managing Editorial Assistant, at lchomiuk@openroadmedia.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Digital Production Internship Opportunity!

Open Road Integrated Media has an opening for the fall semester for an unpaid (school credit) intern to work 15 to 20 hours per week in its Publishing Operations Department.

The Digital Production intern will assist the Publishing Operations Department in a number of tasks related to ebook production, specifically ePub and mobi file development (reflowable, fixed layout, read-aloud, video-enhanced, etc.).

Additional tasks may include optimizing InDesign files for output to ePUB, implementing updates to existing ebook files (i.e., swapping in new covers, inserting back ads, making corrections), and linking and bookmarking PDFs for distribution to retail partners.

The Digital Production intern will report to the Managing Editor and work closely with Editorial, Production, and Design team members.

This is a fast-paced, high-profile startup—details and deadlines are of the essence. The right individual will have the unique opportunity to experience all aspects of production in a next-generation publishing environment.

Requirements: excellent attention to detail, ability to prioritize workflow, familiarity with file specifications for various retailers, and basic knowledge of the following:

  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Javascript
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator
  • Bug tracking/QA software

Experience hand-coding standards-compliant ebooks is preferred.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter to Nicole Passage at npassage@openroadmedia.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.