HarperCollins starting graduate scheme!
First it was Penguin’s #TheScheme, and now HarperCollins are promising exciting opportunities for graduates, which opens for applications next week. HarperCollinsUK tweeted: “Grads! Are you excited for our one-of-a-kind Graduate Scheme opening for applications next week? Follow @JobsAtHarper for all the latest!”, so get following @JobsAtHarper for full info, and @SYPscotland for more job related tweets!
White Paper on Millennial Consumption.
Publishing Perspectives and Publishing Technology have released an excellent paper: Designing Books for Tomorrow’s Readers: How Millennials Consume Content, on the view that millennials may not be as digitally inclined as people think. You can view it here.
Clean Reader backing down. [X]
The app, which had the tagline read books, not profanity, has backed down from selling books after significant author feedback. Joanne Harris’ initial rebuke to the app makes for an interesting read, and many started pulling their author’s work from it citing that they didn’t have permission to alter the content.
Following Clean Reader’s turn around, Harris declared it a ‘small victory for the world of dirt’, adding that there’s a widespread support for the integrity of books and that people don’t want to see them tampered with. What did you make of the app that tried to remove profanity from literature?
Call for fair copyright for libraries. [X]
The National Library of Scotland, Wellcome Trust and Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals are but a few calling for fair copyright for European libraries and archives. They say, “non standardised copyright laws across Europe are failing to support the vision of a digital single market because they currently prevent fair access and use of digital content.” The manifesto launched yesterday, April 1st, and more information can be found here.
Study into e-reading launches next week. [X]
A European Commission-funded project looks to study whether digital reading affects comprehension. The Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitisation research will continue to 2017, and seeks to take a ‘broad interdisciplinary approach’, hoping to bridge the gap between the opposing findings that report no difference in cognitive outcomes, where others claim it could impede comprehension. The outcome of this report could impact publisher’s approach to digital products, so definitely a project to keep up with.
Podcasts the way forward in connecting with readers? [X]
Apparently so! There isn’t huge data information on consumer behaviour with podcasts, and the tech to do them well can be quite expensive, but Anshuman Iddamsetty (PRH Canada) says they’re an excellent opportunity to be close to your readers.
“It’s ‘a theater of the mind’ and once you get into people’s minds, the sky is the limit,” he says. “As a consequence of this intimacy, you establish trust, which in turn leads to loyalty.” It takes effort, but if you’re looking for new ways to connect with readers, this could be the way. Want to read more? His thoughts can be found here.
Top 100 sought after out-of-print books.
More just a fun fact for book fans, but BookFinder.com has confirmed the most sought after out-of-print books, and Madonna’s Sex has been knocked off the top spot at last. The top ten are:
1. On the Psychology of Military Incompetence by Norman F. Dixon
2. Lovely Reed: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Building Bamboo Fly Rods by Jack Howell
3. Sex by Madonna (i.e. Louise Veronica Ciccione)
4. The Body by Stephen King
5. Rage by Stephen King (as Richard Bachman)
6. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King
7. The Road We Are Traveling: 1914-1942 by Stuart Chase
8. On the Nature and Existence of God by Richard M. Gale
9. 365 Bedtime Stories by Nan Gilbert (1920-2011)
10. Collector’s Guide to Colt .45 Service Pistols by Charles W. Clawson
More info can be found here.
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