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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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Yesterday's BISG Annual Meeting (#BISG11) was awesome! There was so much to learn and share, great data, and new systems and processes. Can't remember the last time I was so excited about metadata and rights management. We're making real progress in areas that will make a difference for the industry. Thanks to everyone who participated and shared!

A couple of people mentioned that in my Year in Review introduction, I'd said something that gave them goosebumps and asked me to put that in print. Not sure that you can replicate the experience but I can certainly tell you what I said. It's what I believe.

We are an industry in transformation. This is the most important thing that has happened in any of our professional careers. This is the transformation of the object and idea that we love and value, the book, with all the inherent risks and possibilities.

It's now. It's us. It's not going to be our kids or our grandchildren.

We're developing the systems, processes, models and relationships that will be the track of the future. And so the work we're doing today is the most important work any of us who love books have ever done. "It’s us” is all of us – every lover of literature, of the culture of books and authors and readers.  Every parent, teacher, editor, publishing professional, agent, librarian, bookseller, reviewer, blogger, in short, everyone who cares about the future of books.

Sometimes in the day-to-day rush it helps to remember...

It's now and it's us.

You can find the slides for the presentations here:



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Ten years ago Sourcebooks formed a partnership with Edward Fiske that would go on to create numerous top-selling books, including the bestselling college guide, the Fiske Guide to Colleges.  With the addition of the #1 going to college book and New York Times bestseller The Naked Roommate, and a line of test-prep products with leading expert Dr. Gary Gruber, Sourcebooks has well-established itself as a leading trade college-bound book publisher.

For Sourcebooks, the mission has always been to help students find the right college, support the application and admissions process, including test prep, and successfully transition students into college.

Sourcebooks is taking that commitment a step further in creating an education division responsible for managing the company’s biggest existing initiatives, including the leading college-bound publishing program, a Naked Roommate first year experience program, and MyMaxScore.com, an online SAT/ACT test prep solution.  Going forward, this group will serve as a platform to launch a host of new innovations that have been in development.

“What we’re looking to create together are revolutionary improvements that make a significant difference in the lives of our users: students, parents, and educators,” says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher of Sourcebooks. “This involves the very best solutions-oriented content from the best experts, a strong emphasis on convenience and user-control, and increasing motivation and engagement.”

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Chris Bauerle, Director of Sales & Marketing at Sourcebooks, will be at the Frankfurt Book Fair Publishers Launch Conference on October 10 to speak about how Sourcebooks built an efficient, cross-company digital workflow.

In advance of his session, Chris was asked this question on the Frankfurt Book Fair blog:

Can a publisher change its whole way of doing things, continue to deliver high-quality printed books, and gain the flexibility necessary to capitalize on digital opportunities without losing its soul, and a good portion of its staff?

And here’s what he had to say:

“At first glance, my answer here was YES!, but I think there is much more to the answer than that. I would first take the opportunity to poke a little at the basis of the question. I don’t think a publisher needs to “change its whole way of doing things” at all. The basis of our business is artistic and creative. Publishers are not in the business of just printing manuscripts but of crafting an author’s work into a living expression of an idea—this through development, editing, packaging, positioning, sales, and marketing. These fundamentals stay the same, and the digital transformation allows the opportunity for us to apply our craft in order to reach new readers through a seemingly endless stream of possibilities..."


Thursday, August 11, 2011


Naperville community members, local authors, and loyal patrons were surprised to learn many things at the “Celeppreciation Party” that Sourcebooks sponsored for our beloved neighborhood bookstore, Anderson’s Bookshop. For example, we all learned that just between Anderson’s and Sourcebooks, Naperville has one of the highest per capita concentrations of book industry people in the country.

But one thing no one was surprised to learn was that Naperville has the best bookseller in the country. After receiving dozens of nominations from publishers, sales representatives, and patrons, Publishers Weekly named Anderson’s its 2011 Bookstore of the year. 

Anderson’s Bookshop, like Sourcebooks, is an independent business that has stood in the face of adversity and not only survived, but thrived. One of the major reasons we’ve grown together over the years is that we have similar mission statements. We profess not only a passion for books, but the desire to spread that passion and to enlighten the lives of others. In the words of Todd Stocke, V.P. and Editorial Director of Sourcebooks who officiated the event:

“…it’s about the people. The people of Anderson’s are the reason you come to the stores for recommendations, and it’s the people suggesting books for your book clubs, and it’s the people who are here when your home and school organization or your kid’s scout troop needs to put up a sign or needs support. It’s the people who bring in the big name authors, even celebrities.

And perhaps more importantly it’s the people who bring in the voices you haven’t heard of before, because that’s what makes for a vibrant community…”

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