BEA Day 1

First day of my first BEA, BookExpo America. Fortunately, because of this publishing blog, I was able to attend for free! I spent about five hours today at the Expo, and I still wasn't able to cover everything. It can be a little overwhelming, as some attendees may agree, but totally worth it. This year, …

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853 Books

Take a good look. This is what 853 books looks like. My own personal library, full of YA and picture books, with a few adult books as well. Ah, the benefits of interning at Random House. Actually, I was just working in the right place at the right time. Random House was in the process …

Last Days at Random House

I don't know if I've said this before on my blog, but my internship at Random House was the best internship I've had, ever. And I've done six. My last week there was a mixture of sad and exciting. Last week was Children's Publishing Celebration Week, and on Monday and Tuesday I was able to …

The Effects of Digital Publishing

I've been saying for a while that ebooks should take advantage of being digital and able to be produced quickly, so it's exciting to see that publishers are finally embracing that (not that I claim they are listening to me!). Tomorrow morning, Random House will be releasing an ebook about Osama bin Laden, now that …

Tracking Twitter at the New York Times

When I think of The New York Times, I do not think of technology. Yet, the newspaper has a sophisticated Research and Development Lab, which has been finding new ways for the company to make money in the digital age. I had the opportunity to tour the R&D Lab a few weeks ago, and now …

Inside the Book World

Every once in a while I like to update my 2 readers on all the interesting stuff I'm learning about the book world. First off, I finally figured out why the book industry has the most ridiculous/backwards business model where return on sales of books are expected and planned for. It all started in the …

The Future of Publishing…We’re In It

Three interesting articles about the publishing industry caught my eye today. But first, I've found that reading and thinking critically about articles goes more smoothly with music, so I invite you to play the video below and enjoy the sweet sounds of "Stereo Love" while reading the rest of my post. (And yes, I may …

Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, NYU

Today, for the first time, I stepped into one of NYU's 10+ libraries. Bobst Library definitely has the most interesting name, and it is huge--some of its study rooms and eating areas are underground. I hate to say it, but the NYU library is more impressive than the UCSB library (sorry Gauchos, if it's any …

Coca-Cola, Advertising, and Santa Claus

Over the weekend, I went to visit my uncle in Battery Park. We were at the dinner table, dropping fish balls and slices of beef into a hot pot, when my uncle told me something shocking: "Santa Claus wasn't a jolly fat man dressed in a red suit until Coca-Cola made him that way." I'm …