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Sourcebooks Next Blog

We’re at a historic point in the transformation the book.

Ebooks, reading devices, retailers and e-tailers, software and apps, and all the cool things we haven’t even imagined yet are changing the face of reading, entertainment and learning. Sourcebooks Next is our blog looking not from the perspective of pundit or prognosticator, but from the perspective of a publisher deeply engaged in the workings of the transformation. Please feel free to join us.

Monday, May 01, 2017


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In celebration of Children’s Book Week, March 4th and Sourcebooks recently made a joint donation of 21,000 books to First Book, the nonprofit social enterprise that has distributed more than 160 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families. The donation of six Little Pickle Press titles appealing to children from preschool to middle grades is being made in support of First Book’s partnership with Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children’s Book Council and sponsor of Children’s Book Week, which will take place May 1 to 7, 2017.

Little Pickle Press is known for award-winning books that help children make sense of complex issues. Titles donated include: A Bird on Water Street by Elizabeth O. Dulemba, Roar Like a Girl by Coleen Murtagh Paratore, Spaghetti Is Not a Finger Food (and Other Life Lessons) by Jodi Carmichael, The Treasure of Barracuda by Llanos Campos and translated by Lawrence Schimel, What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? by Rana DiOrio and Emma D. Dryden, and What Does It Mean to Be Safe? by Rana DiOrio.

In January, Sourcebooks and March 4th (formerly Little Pickle Press) announced an innovative publishing partnership, and this donation is one of the first efforts undertaken as part of their on-going relationship.

“We are honored to help make these books available to schools and families who may not otherwise have access to quality children’s content,” said Rana DiOrio, CEO of March 4th and founder of Little Pickle Press. “We have always believed that for society to thrive, it must promote literacy and instill values in its young people. Getting meaningful messages into the hearts and minds of more children has always been the keystone of our approach.”

To learn how to participate in Children’s Book Week, visit Every Child a Reader.

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March 4th is catalyzing a universe of character-driven stories that meet the cross-format demands of young consumers and their caring adults. Brought to life through video, film, aStories™, and merchandise, this universe increases market awareness and penetration for its publishing partners.

Sourcebooks brings extraordinary authors to readers in the most dynamic and data-driven ways. Through innovative publishing, exploring every platform, and creating breakthrough models, Sourcebooks is consistently finding new ways to help authors touch people and change lives. In 2016, Sourcebooks CEO and publisher Dominique Raccah was named PW Person of the Year and BISG Innovator of the Year. Visit www.sourcebooks.com for more information, and check out the Sourcebooks blog.


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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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The Quantum Conference was held on Monday, March 13, at The London Book Fair. This year’s conference focused on the consumer by looking at “how different audiences discover, purchase and interact with content.”

Dominique Raccah joined Nigel Newton, founder and CEO of Bloomsbury Publishing, and Jacks Thomas, director of The London Book Fair, for a conversation on the future of publishing and re-defining the role of publisher in that space.

The Bookseller, a book business magazine, ran this write-up of the panel:

Raccah hails publishing's 'golden age of opportunity'

Published March 14, 2017 by Natasha Onwuemezi

Publishers should make the most of the “golden age of opportunity” the industry is currently in, Dominique Raccah, publisher and c.e.o. of Sourcebooks has said, while urging publishers to use this opportunity to redefine their roles.

Speaking at the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference yesterday (13th March) in conversation with Nigel Newton, c.e.o. and founder of Bloomsbury, and LBF director Jacks Thomas, Raccah advised new publishers to consider their strategy and what they bring to market in an age where books have to compete with film, music and TV for the consumer's time.

“We are watching the collapse of entertainment in terms of formats", she said. "In terms of your time, you now have immediately available to you at all times not only a book, but music, TV, film. [A smartphone] has all the entertainment I could possibly want for the rest of my life. It puts books into the same competitive frame as TV, film, and music. Music is priced at 99 cents a cut, film has a Netflix model. [These models] are changing the dynamics of the monetary exchange between us and our customers. If you want to start a publishing company today, you have to think about what your model can be to allow you to survive as the intermediary between the content creator and the consumer."

She added: "We're now in the golden age of opportunity. There was a time when the publishers had the right to exist because we owned the printing presses. There was an immediate role for publishers; today that role is less immediate, so now you get to define it."

To read the rest of the article, click here.


Wednesday, March 08, 2017


Today is International Women’s Day, a day to honor all women in the world and the pursuit for all people – no matter their gender, age, religion, or circumstance – to be able to achieve their biggest, most ambitious dreams.

One way we get there is by raising smart, curious, and inquisitive girls. Encourage and teach them to ask the hard questions & realize that they are an active part of the change that needs to happen. Let them know they are worthy and loved and full of great potential. And what better way that with books that show them all the amazing things they can be and dream?

Sourcebooks is the brainchild of a big dreamer, our CEO and Publisher Dominique Raccah. Though Sourcebooks has grown a lot in the last 30 years – the 10th largest U.S. publisher in 2016 and the largest woman-owned publisher in the U.S. – the concept of this company began with one woman’s dream.

Just like you,

What do you wish for young girls everywhere?

“I wish for my daughter to be a big voice in a room, even when completely silent. I wish for my daughter to peer over the walls that divide people and to defend those who cannot defend themselves. I wish for my daughter to know that stasis is a choice, and to instead choose continual evolution. And mostly I wish for my daughter to be in charge of her own damn self.” —Todd

“I wish that they will understand that they have the potential to do anything they put their mind to. We are as smart, as strong, and as willful as any man, and each woman deserves the right to show that off however she chooses.” —Rachel

“My hope is that all young women feel empowered to boldly go where no woman has gone before! To wear what they want, say what they want, do what they want, and be whoever they want to be.” —Stephanie

“For my daughter, I wish for a world of opportunities that know no limits around the areas she loves. I’d like there to be no societal bias around what’s normal and for her to DREAM BIG to follow anything she is passionate about in life.” —Mike

“I wish for young women everywhere to know that they are EQUAL and VALUED. I wish for them to stand up for themselves, others, and for doing what is RIGHT. I want them to know that their relationships with others do not define them, and that they can do whatever they set their minds to doing.” —Amy

“I wish for young women everywhere to have freedom and control over their minds, bodies, and spirits and to dream as big as they can.” —Sara

“A safe clean planet on which to raise our kids, build creative purposeful lives, live in harmony and self-expression, and never have to wear panty hose, ever.” —Deb

“It is my hope that young women will be free to follow their passions. No longer is something “just for boys” or “just for girls”. Young women should be free to pursue whatever they wish whether it be sports, politics, business or something they create on their own.” —Shane

“I want my daughters and all young women to know their worth in this world; that they don’t have to sacrifice a career for a family…or vice versa. With a little confidence and bravery, truly anything is possible. And never forget that your success is not measured by any standard other than your own happiness.” —Jenna

“My wish for my daughter is that she lives boldly and with conviction; that she not shrink any part of herself for the easement of others. I hope she grows up in a world where the idea that a lady ought to be demure and reserved… is unheard of. I want her to know, not just in her head, but also in her heart and soul that there is truly only one criteria for womanhood—to identify that way. We named her Aria; to remind her that she should find great use for her voice in this world and that in doing so, she should not be afraid to be LOUD.” —Chrystal

“I wish for my daughter, and young women everywhere, to be kind to others and especially ourselves when it comes to body image. Young girls are constantly being hit with what it means to have the perfect body, and too often that message comes directly from their mothers or other women in their life. My hope is that the mothers of my generation can stop perpetuating body dissatisfaction and change the conversation with messages of love and acceptance, so that our daughters can grow up in a world where there is no idealized body image.” —Heather

“I wish for equality to become so ingrained that there is no need for A Day Without Women.” —Liz

“My 9-year-old daughter is a strong and intelligent young woman. What I wish for her is to lead a long, healthy, fun, happy and fulfilling life. I raise her not to expect opportunity to come to her but for her to create her own opportunities and to knock down any doors that stand in her way. I hope she can one day use her success to offer opportunities to those less fortunate.” —Michael

“A future in which women are not afraid of their own success—and have no fear in occupying the space they rightly deserve and belong.” —Jillian

Monday, March 06, 2017


As announced last month, we are partnering with fellow independent publishers to draw attention to books that have big impact. This month, we're celebrating International Women's Day - a day that recognizes the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women.

From brilliant scientists, physicsts, and mathematicians, to navigating fragile terrain and fighting for unity, these stories showcase amazing women in our past, and the power of those who lead us today. They will encourage, inspire, and empower both girls and women to be themselves, seize the day, and break barriers.

You can learn more about International Women’s Day here. Join the conversation at #IReadIndie and #BeBoldForChange!



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A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide by Stephanie Saldaña

“Beautifully written, ardent and wise.”—Geraldine Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Secret Chord, People of the Book, and March

When American writer Stephanie Saldaña finds herself in an empty house at the beginning of Nablus Road, the dividing line between East and West Jerusalem, she is a new wife trying to navigate a fragile terrain, both within her marriage and throughout the country in which she has chosen to live. Pregnant with her first child, Stephanie struggles to protect her family, their faith, and herself from the cracks of Middle Eastern conflict that threaten to shatter the world around her. A Country Between captures the fragile ecosystem of the Middle East and the difficult first years of motherhood in the midst of a conflict-torn city.

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Brave New Girl: How to Be Fearless by Lou Hamilton

Insightful, bold, and timeless, Brave New Girl shows women and girls that anything is possible, and motivates them to move past fear and into courage. Each page is an invitation to pause, reflect, and happily rise to the occasion. This inspirational gift book encourages girls and women to seize the day, be kind to themselves, and break down any imaginary barriers holding them hostage.

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The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict

“Fascinating and thoughtful.”—B.A. Shapiro, New York Times bestselling author of The Art Forger and The Muralist

Albert Einstein’s first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Maric, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century. The Other Einstein offers a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein's enormous shadow.

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Strong Is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker

Girls being fearless. Girls being silly. Girls being wild, stubborn, and proud. Girls whose faces are smeared with dirt and lit up with joy. So simple and yet so powerful, Strong Is the New Pretty celebrates, through more than 175 memorable photographs, the strength and spirit of girls being 100% themselves.

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The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church

Follow the journey of a driven young woman whose scientific ambitions are subverted by the expectations of her era in Elizabeth J. Church’s debut novel. Told through the eyes of Meridian Wallace, The Atomic Weight of Love takes us from the World War II years in Chicago through to the 1970s in Los Alamos, New Mexico, blending an intriguing piece of American history and science with feminism and a passionate love story.

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Radioactive: How Irène Curie and Lise Meitner Revolutionized Science and Changed the World by Winifred Conkling

Radioactive tells the fascinating, little-known story of how two brilliant female physicists working in a male-dominated field made groundbreaking discoveries that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. A nonfiction narrative that reads with the suspense of a thriller, Radioactive sheds light on Irene Curie and Lise Meitner, who are still largely ignored despite their crucial contributions to cutting-edge research.

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