A Guide to Style Guides

Published by on May 16, 2016 8:30 am


All writers should invest in a style guide or style manual, which is a set of standardized rules to follow to ensure the uniformity and consistency in literary and grammatical style throughout a document.
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Revisiting the Adult Coloring Book Trend

Published by on May 5, 2016 8:30 am


A few years ago, you might have only associated coloring books with children. However, that’s no longer the case. In the recent past, adult coloring books have popped up across bookstores and e-retailers and topped bestseller lists. Adults were finding that there are many benefits to coloring. Yet, many industry professionals thought it would be a fad that would eventually die down resulting in dollar stores and other second-hand stores to be flooded with the titles. Here’s a look into the current adult coloring book trend:
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Signs That It Might Be Time to Give Up on a Writing Project

Published by on April 27, 2016 8:30 am


While we’d like to believe that every writing project we begin is going to be brilliant, it’s not the case. Some projects reach a level of difficulty that goes beyond writer’s block or other small frustrations. At what point do you decide that enough is enough and leave the project behind? Here are some signs to look out for:
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Bookmasters, Baker & Taylor, Printondemand-worldwide form partnership

Published by on April 21, 2016 1:42 pm


Bookmasters and strategic partner Baker & Taylor, the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products, have entered into an international partnership with Printondemand-worldwide to offer print on demand and distribution services to their publishers.

Unveiled at the London Book Fair last week, PODW’s inclusion in the Baker & Taylor printer network will allow Digital Print Solutions publishers to print in the UK and PODW’s publishers to print in the U.S. at Bookmasters for their publisher complete need and Baker & Taylor demand.

“I have a great deal of respect for Andy Cork and his team at PODW,” said Ken Fultz, general manager at Bookmasters. “Bookmasters and PODW have a very similar business acumen. Our two companies have built up a sound relationship over the past two years. Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters are strategic partners whereby Bookmasters is the main POD provider for B&T’s digital print offerings.”

“This partnership represents a major expansion to the Digital Print Solutions offerings at Baker & Taylor,” said Elizabeth Scarpelli, director of publisher services at Baker & Taylor. “We are pleased to add PODW to our printer network because they bring the same high level quality standards that we offer currently through our relationship with Bookmasters.”

“This partnership will provide our publisher clients with the opportunity to generate sales, for the titles they hold with us, throughout B&T’s global retail network and to fulfill drop ship orders direct in the USA,” said Andy Cork, managing director at PODW. “It is a significant addition to our own POD retail sales channels and POD operations here in the UK.”

Bookmasters and Baker & Taylor were acquired earlier this week by Follett Corporation, a top provider of technology, services, and print and digital content to preK-12 libraries, schools, and higher education institutions.

Printondemand-Worldwide, based in Cambridgeshire, UK, is a major digital print provider of POD and short run color and mono books and journals and owns the online platform The Great British Bookshop. To learn more, visit www.printondemand-worldwide.com.

Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. For more information, visit www.baker-taylor.com.

Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

The Book: A Celebration of the Book

Published by on April 19, 2016 8:30 am


The Book project began when Gail Gilbert, the art librarian at the University of Louisville Library, gave Julius Friedman, a graphic designer, photographer, and artist, a bag of books she was discarding. She thought he could tear them up and make collages or an art project with them. At first, Friedman was hesitant to tear them up, but after a few months of them sitting in his basement, he made his first deconstruction and collage.
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Follett Acquires Bookmasters

Published by on April 18, 2016 7:05 pm


Follett Corporation announced today that it has acquired Bookmasters, one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the United States. Bookmasters is a strategic partner of Baker & Taylor, LLC, also acquired by Follett.

Follett is a top provider of technology, services and print and digital content to preK-12 libraries, schools and higher education institutions. Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, will continue to operate as before, serving customers through its existing management team and business operations.

“Bookmasters is thrilled to be part of Follett,” said Ken Fultz, Bookmasters’ General Manager. “Follett’s industry strength and excellent reputation provide added value to Bookmasters’ employees and customers.”

Follett also announced today their acquisition of Baker & Taylor, the leading distributor of books, video, and music products to public libraries and institutions, and a major wholesaler to retailers worldwide. The strategic partnership and operating relationship between Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters continues as it was under their previous ownership.

“Bringing Bookmasters with Baker & Taylor as part of the Follett acquisition positions the combined business to be an even stronger provider of premier integrated book publishing services,” states George F. Coe, Baker & Taylor’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Coe will continue to lead the business as Follett Group President, Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions, reporting to Ray A. Griffith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Follett.

About Bookmasters
Bookmasters, based in Ashland, Ohio, is one of the largest providers of integrated publisher services in the U.S. For more than 40 years, Bookmasters has offered services to publishers and authors such as printing, print book warehousing and distribution, eBook conversion and distribution, editorial, and design. To learn more, visit www.bookmasters.com.

About Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor is the premier worldwide distributor of books, digital content, and entertainment products from approximately 25,000 suppliers to over 20,000 customers in 120 countries. The company offers cutting-edge digital media services and innovative technology platforms to thousands of publishers, libraries, schools, and retailers worldwide. Baker & Taylor also offers industry leading customized library services and retail merchandising solutions. For more information, visit www.baker-taylor.com.

About Follett Corporation
For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to pre-K and K-12 schools, districts, and college campuses, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach and students to learn. Every day, Follett serves over half of the students in the United States, and works with 70,000 schools as a leading provider of education technology, services and print and digital content. Follett is higher education’s largest campus retailer and a hub for school spirit and community, operating more than 1,100 local campus stores and 1,400 virtual stores across the continent. Follett is headquartered in Westchester, Illinois. For more information on Follett, visit www.follett.com.

Sagent Advisors, LLC acted as exclusive financial advisor to Baker & Taylor and Bookmasters, and Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP acted as legal counsel. Jones Day acted as legal counsel to Follett Corporation.

Publishing Industry Publications Worth Reading

Published by on April 13, 2016 8:30 am


No matter the industry in which you work, it’s always a smart idea to regularly read industry publications to keep up with current trends. In the book publishing industry, there is no shortage of great publications (go figure!) that provide lots of useful information. Many provide print and digital editions along with plenty of free content on their websites. Here are a few to consider:
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“April in Paris” with Bookmasters

Published by on April 7, 2016 8:30 am


Wouldn’t it be nice to take a trip to Paris?

If a trip to the City of Light isn’t possible, we’ve put together a collection of our publishers’ books about Paris for you to enjoy, instead. Whether you’ve already visited Paris and want to reminisce, are planning a trip to Paris in the future, or you’re simply interested in this world class city, these romantic, intellectual, and beautiful books about Paris are sure to delight:
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Editing on a Computer Screen vs. on a Hard Copy

Published by on March 31, 2016 8:30 am


When it comes time to edit your writing project, you usually have two options. You can make edits to the document on the computer screen within the word processor that you’re using, or you can print out your project and edit it with pencil or pen (unless of course you have another quirky way of editing, say, by acting out your edits in charade-like fashion!). Let’s take a closer look at these two options: View Article…