BTW News Briefs
Ingram to Provide Publisher Content to iBookstore
Ingram Content Group announced this week that it would be providing publisher content to Apple's new iBookstore. Through Ingram's CoreSource® technology, publishers will be able to submit eBooks to iBookstore for availability on the Apple iPad.
"We're pleased to be able to offer this new channel to publishers," said Phil Ollila, chief content officer, Ingram Content Group. "Ingram will help manage the relationship between publishers and Apple. This will enable a publisher's catalog to be ingested, converted into ePub, Apple's required format, and submitted to the iBookstore."
More information about Ingram's Apple Referral Program and CoreSource is available at www.ingramcontent.com/apple.
Publishers Weekly Has a New Owner
Reed Business Information has sold Publishers Weekly to George Slowik, a former publisher of the magazine. PW announced that it had been acquired by PWxyz, LLC, a newly formed company headed by Slowik on Monday, April 5. The acquisition includes the website PublishersWeekly.com and Publishers Weekly Show Daily.
The new company will retain all of PW's editorial, art, and advertising employees. Cevin Bryerman will remain as publisher, and Jim Milliot and Michael Coffey will serve as co-editors.
GLIBA, NAIBA & NEIBA to Partner for Holiday Catalogs
The Great Lakes Independent Booksellers Association (GLIBA), the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association (NAIBA), and the New England Independent Booksellers Association (NEIBA) have announced a new partnership to produce their 2010 holiday catalogs.
"Our collaboration creates a terrific market for publishers," said NEIBA's Steve Fischer, "They'll have access to our bookstores and their customers in the whole northeast quarter of the country, from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean."
"We've made the process easier, faster, cheaper," said NAIBA's Eileen Dengler. "Our innovative plan allows publishers to use the same contract for each of the catalogs and determine which regional or regionals they want each ad to go in. Publishers will realize discounts by placing ads in multiple catalogs, and they'll save lots of time by dealing with only one sales executive as they place their ads and supply artwork, etc."
GLIBA's Jim Dana noted, "An important feature of our agreement is that our members will still have a catalog that caters to our region, just as it always has. Over 60 percent of the titles advertised last year appeared in just one regional catalog. We've combined much of the process, but we still offer publishers the same opportunity for very focused marketing."
The project coordinator is Suzanne G. Shoger; ProMotion, Inc. will handle the design and printing. More information is available at regionalholidaycataloggroup.com.
NCIBA Announces Book of the Year Winners
The Northern California Independent Booksellers Association (NCIBA) has announced the winners of its 2010 Book of the Year awards. The awards, honoring books published in 2009 and written by authors living in the NCIBA region, were expanded this year to eight categories, with the addition of Food Writing and Teen Lit.
This year's NCIBA winners are:
- FICTION: Cutting For Stone, by Abraham Verghese (Knopf)
- NONFICTION: Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers (McSweeney's)
- POETRY: Chronicby D.A. Powell (Graywolf Press)
- FOOD WRITING:Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer,by Novella Carpenter (Penguin)
- CHILDREN'S ILLUSTRATED (award to illustrator): Zero Is the Leaves on the Tree, illustrated by Shino Arihara (Tricycle)
- CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:Al Capone Shines My Shoes, by Gennifer Choldenko (Penguin Young Readers)
- TEEN LIT:Andromeda Klein, by Frank Portman (Delacorte Young Readers)
- REGIONAL:Tamalpais Walking, by Tom Killion and Gary Snyder (Heyday Books)