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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.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Sourcebooks CEO Dominique Raccah was featured in a recent Shelf Awareness article - BEA: Mobile Apps: A Publisher Roadmap.

"Sourcebooks' Dominique Raccah provided the most practical information for bookstores, publishers and writers who are contemplating creating an app. She began by citing Steve Jobs's new characterization of Apple as "a mobile device company," upon the release of the iPad. Like Cairns, Raccah evoked Mary Meeker's findings and posited that consumers are now driven by "connectivity expectation." Raccah asked, "With customers who expect to be connected 'anytime, anywhere, by any device, with any format,' how do we meet that expectation?" Mobile is ideal, Raccah suggested, because it's "personal, permanently carried, always on, with a built-in payment channel, and available at the point of creative impulse."

For those who are contemplating creating an app, Raccah suggested thinking through these elements:

  1. Determine the target audience and define the value the app will deliver (will it solve a specific problem? Is it for entertainment?). What is the "why"?
  2. Identify the revenue stream (if any).
  3. Define functionality and determine the book content that will support it.

Raccah then discussed the importance of "Wire Frames," the blueprint for developers like Koppel at ScrollMotion. "Josh defines the screens, and if it's not right, either it doesn't work, or it's not functioning," Raccah said. "But there's good news for publishers... we can fix it!" She gave a range of examples from Sourcebooks, such as
Gruber's Shortest SAT iPhone app; iDracula, a retelling of Dracula through text messages and a Web site; and an iPhone app that's coming out three weeks before the book's release that will offer 30% of the content free (consumers will have to purchase the book or app to see how it ends)."


Monday, May 24, 2010
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sourcebooks CEO and publisher, Dominique Raccah, and Senior Acquisitions Editor, Deb Werksman, are featured in a romance column in this week's Publishers Weekly (on newsstands today) discussing paranormal romance and the future of romance trends! Their comments are in bold in the article below, which can also be found at this link: P Is for Paranormal--Still.  

P Is for Paranormal--Still
Everybody knows they're hotter than hot, but why is that?
By Lucinda Dyer
May 24, 2010
There's no new way to say it, except possibly en francais, the language of love. Paranormal is le dernier cri in the romance category-its hold on readers and publishers alike defies any logic or explanation. In its first year it was a phase, then it became a definite trend. Now, it's a sea change, with no evidence that the tide's waning. So, sure, everybody agrees about the Pword, but what, exactly, is its appeal- why is this romance genre so, er, bloody popular?

As Deb Werksman, Sourcebooks senior acquisitions editor, puts it, "Humans have their limits-the sweet guy we go home to at night is maybe going a little bald and getting a little paunchy and certainly doesn't have fangs, feathers, or fur. We can escape into a hot paranormal romance story where heroes have remarkable sexual powers and then project them onto our own all too human sweethearts."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sourcebooks Founder and CEO Dominique Raccah Receives the Chicago Book Clinic’s Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award

(Chicago-May 14, 2010) – Sourcebooks Founder and CEO Dominique Raccah is the 2010 recipient of the Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award, which is the Chicago Book Clinic’s highest award. Previous winners include prize-winning author and radio personality Studs Terkel, renowned poet Gwendolyn Brooks, legendary bookseller Carl Kroch, and award-winning newspaper columnist Bob Greene. The award was presented during the organization’s President’s Night on May 13 at Rosewood Banquets in Rosemont, IL.

President Elect of the Chicago Book Clinic Eric Platou says the Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award recognizes an individual who has been successful in the publishing industry, but more importantly, has shown a new path and willingness to share their success and knowledge with others. “The success of Sourcebooks alone has shown that Dominique has not only understood how to compete in the publishing industry, but also how to pursue the changes and challenges our industry faces,” Platou said. “Dominique’s willingness to discuss and share these strategies with other publishers and professionals in our industry so that they too have the opportunity to pursue similar successful outcomes makes her a perfect choice for the Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award.”

“I am honored to accept the Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award for the collaborative nature it represents” said Dominique Raccah. “My philosophy has always been that Sourcebooks publishes authors, not books, and I am excited about creating the next page in publishing’s history – the digital transformation of the book.”

For more information, visit http://chicagobookclinic.org/.


About Sue Nisson

Susan Nisson previously worked at Scott Foresman, currently known as Pearson. During her time there, she steered many dynamic changes with diligent work, dedication and commitment. Her unique vision on the industry and the idea that vendors should have a partnership-type relationship complete with workable solutions void of battles led many to seek out and trust her views and opinions.

Sue also encountered various male-related work environment issues and was on the forefront of change during those challenging times. With her open door policy, she became a valuable resource for the Chicago Book Clinic, welcoming industry-related discussions.

After passing away at an early age due to cancer, the CBC decided to rename their service award as the Sue Nisson Distinguished Service Award in her honor. The award recognizes industries and companies who have challenged and persevered in their journey to success.


About Chicago Book Clinic

Founded in 1936, the Chicago Book Clinic encourages excellence in publishing by providing a platform for educational, social & professional interaction of our members. Our members are professionals in book and media publishing, printing, editorial, design, and all business aspects of our industry.


About Sourcebooks

Sourcebooks is a forward-thinking, independent publishing house with a passion for books and a dedication to the belief that books change lives. We are committed to innovative publishing, where every book is personal and every author’s voice has a place. We are a group of passionate, energetic and enthusiastic book lovers, and we are committed to helping readers experience each book. Sourcebooks has over 70 employees, publishes over 300 new titles each year, and celebrates their success with 14 New York Times Bestsellers. Sourcebooks is proud to be a leading publisher of poetry, as well as the largest woman-owned book publisher in the country. Visit www.sourcebooks.com for more information, and check out the Sourcebooks blog.

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