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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.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

 

DominiqueRaccah2Sourcebooks Publisher and CEO Dominique Raccah made NewCity’s Lit 50 2015, a list of the 50 greatest contributors to Chicago’s vibrant literary scene!

“This year’s list includes indie-bookstore owners, booksellers, publishers, editors, chairs and directors of creative writing programs, literacy advocates, library leaders, execs at major literary foundations, organizers of festivals, conferences, live lit productions and salons. All of the individuals on this list contribute significantly—whether they help to get books in readers’ hands, excite the next generation in literary arts, afford writers opportunities to publish, provide storytellers a stage to share their tales, or create environments where writers can make the right connections or just talk shop.”

“Behind all of the innovation is fundamentally our desire to create a more expansive future for readers, authors and book publishing,” Raccah said.

Raccah is featured at #3, behind Elizabeth Taylor, Chicago Tribune’s literary editor, and Robert Polito, president of the Poetry Foundation. It’s a great honor to be included and the Chicago literary scene is a community that Sourcebooks is proud to be a part of.

 

Monday, June 01, 2015

BEA is always a great show, a place where publishers, booksellers, librarians, bloggers, authors, and more can get together and talk about what is going on in the industry and the exciting books everyone is looking forward to in the coming year. We got a chance to introduce some of the books and authors we're most excited about to some of the people we are most excited about working with. 

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Publisher Dominique Raccah was a part of the panel that kicked off the BEA 2015 programming: Innovation and Data: The Promise and The Pitfalls. More on what the panel discussed here.

Publishers (and others) have booths on the trade show floor where they display their upcoming books, host author signings, conduct meetings, and talk with other industry professionals. Booksellers and librarians stop by to browse through what each publisher will be offering in the coming year. Some publishers give away copies of books so that people can read and recommend the books they fall in love with. Author signings are a great way for an author to meet and interact with a lot of industry professionals and to share their excitement about their book.

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Just a few of the titles we're excited about this year - The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend and Awake

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Showcasing some great YA like Natalie Richards, Ali Novak, Patty Blount, Miranda Kenneally and more.

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The pup on the cover of Rescue Road looks on while the Sourcebooks crew works hard setting up a tower of Awake ARCs to be given away.

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Two of the ARCs that we got to share at the show: Awake by Natasha Preston with a special slipcover (left) and a giant stack of The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (right), with Sales Manager Heidi Weiland for scale!

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Editorial Assistant Elissa Erwin (left) shares her excitement about My Secret To Tell, Natalie Richard's 3rd YA novel with a booth visitor. Booksellers, librarians, bloggers and more line up outside the book before one of our author signings.

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Alan Stratton signed copies of his new YA horror story The Dogs in the Sourcebooks booth. 

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We also had signings with Charles Belfoure (left), author of internationally bestselling The Paris Architect and the upcoming The House of Thieves, and the wonderful Carol Weston (right), author of Ava and Pip.

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Marieke Nijkamp signs copies of her forthcoming This Is Where It Ends, then sits down to do an interview with PBS.

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Alex Yeadon (left) is ready to talk about some of our upcoming kids and YA titles at School Library Journal's Day of Dialogue, and Alan Stratton had a long signing line at the same event!

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Patty Blount's Some Boys won the 2015 CLMP Firecracker Award in the Young Adult category. You can read more about the award here.

 A huge thank you to everyone who made BEA great this year!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

This morning Dominique was part of a panel that opened Book Expo America 2015, talking about the digital transformation and how the data that comes with that change can help drive innovation. The impressive lineup of panelists included:

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Scott Galloway, Founder & Chairman of L2, Joanna Stone Herman, Moderator, Co-Founder and CEO of Librify, Dominique Raccah, Publisher and CEO of Sourcebooks, Gareth Cuddy, Founder and CEO of Vearsa, Bethlam Forsa, President of Pearson Learning Services, and Trip Adler, CEO & Co-Founder of Scribd.

Professor Galloway kicked off the event with a 15-minute roller-coaster ride of information about the future of digital. A couple of interesting predictions from him:

In retail

  • Amazon is going to decline
  • Pure play eCommerce is not going to work anymore
  • Retailers are going to be regrowing
  • The future of retail looks more like Macy’s

Social Media

  • Facebook did a bait and switch with their community and advertisers and they are winning the war of content and audience
  • Facebook is likely to disrupt YouTube

Brands

  • Apple is the best luxury brand right now
  • If you want to learn about retail and global management, watch what luxury brands do

You can actually see a version of the talk that Professor Galloway did earlier here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCvwCcEP74Q

From there the panel discussed data. Our conversation ranged over the power of data and how it’s being used in various publishing businesses today, some of the limitations of the data available to us now, the biggest innovations happening across the industry and how our industry compares to others, as well as conversation and predictions around the next 5 years of the book publishing business.

The panel was filmed by CSPAN and we will update with a link to the video as soon as it becomes available.

 

Friday, February 13, 2015

 This week I had the privilege of meeting academics, authors, publishing folk, and of course readers of romance at What Is Love? Romance Fiction In The Digital Age, hosted by the Library of Congress and the Popular Romance Project. If you’ve never been there, the Library of Congress is beautiful, truly a monument to books. I have included some photos here.

Library of CongressThere were a lot of fascinating conversations taking place, both in the building an online. There were discussions on the romance canon, the romance community, and the timeline of romance from the science and history of love to where romance fiction is headed in the future.  The panels were lively and sparked great discussions. I got the opportunity to hear and meet people I hadn’t before, including Eloisa James, whose poetry roots rock, and Beverly Jenkins, certainly a force to be reckoned with!

The conversation was online as well using the hashtag #poprom on Twitter. To get the full Twitter conversation, check out the compilation that Kiersten Krum put together on Storify, you’ll get a sense of the conversations we had and some of the best quotes from the day.

Panel discussion at What is Love?I had the opportunity to give a talk at the conference on the Transformation of the Book (you can check it out on Slideshare here). One of the things that I’ve found really interesting about the digital transformation of the book is how fundamentally different it is from other media transformations. And part of that is due to heavy romance readers, who were early adopters of ebooks and ereading devices. That’s right, the romance reader has had a significant impact on the shape of the transformation of the book and they continue to do so. In 2010 romance books were about 19% of all ebook sales, and today they are about 24% — a bigger piece of a bigger pie.*

When ebooks first started to take off, there was a lot of talk and a lot of concern that ebooks would “kill print.” You can see from the data that ebooks are by no means killing print; in fact, print books are still 77% of the book sales market.** There is more in the deck.

John Cole, Director of the Center for the Book, speaks at What is Love?

And of course there was a sneak preview of Love Between the Covers, a documentary about romance books and the romance community. Even more fun is that Love Between the Covers features our very own romance cover designer Dawn Adams and our Editorial Director Deb Werksman, both doing what they do best! You can see some clips from the film at popularromanceproject.org (and yes, I’m in the film too).

I can’t thank the Library of Congress, the Center for the Book, and the Popular Romance Project enough for giving me the opportunity to participate in such a dynamic and interesting conference. I think John Cole, the Director, Center for the Book at the Library of Congress has it exactly right when he said that romance fiction is “one of our culture’s most popular yet least appreciate or understood genres.”

 

*Nielsen, 2015

**from the Book Industry Study Group 2014 Annual Report

 

 

 

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