November 21, 2017

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How Are Children’s Publishers Talking About President Trump? | Opinion

Sorting through the euphemisms, misconstructions, and omissions popping up in Trump biographies for kids and teens.

Black Authors and Self-Publishing

Systematic exclusion in traditional publishing has fostered a community of self-published authors of color who are committed to social justice.

Goodbye, George

Back from ALA to the sad news that George Nicholson, whom I had first met at an ALA, more than thirty years ago, has died. I first knew George when he was publisher at Dell; he later moved over to Harper and then to a successful second career as an agent, at Sterling Lord Literistic. He was […]

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What’s Trending? Hot Themes in kidlit and what we want to see

Betsy Bird examines kids’ and YA publishing, from recent trends to seismic shifts, then looks to 2015 and where we’re headed. And there are a few items on her wish list.

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We Need Diverse Books Announces Publishing Internship Project

The new WNDB Publishing Internship Project will help support initiatives that give greater opportunities to individuals from diverse backgrounds who wish to begin careers in publishing.

Rosen Publishing Acquires Nonfiction Children’s Publisher Enslow

Today, Rosen Publishing announced its acquisition of nonfiction children and young adult book publisher Enslow Publishers, Inc.

Two possible explanations for all the zombie books

Holy shit became the slogan of the day at HBAS after Julie Strauss-Gabel used it to describe her initial reaction to reading the ms. of Andrew Smith’s Grasshopper Jungle (winner of the BGHB award for fiction). Her point was that this was the reaction an editor should have in making a decision to acquire a […]

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Librarians, IT Experts Respond to Adobe Spying Accusations

Adobe this week confirmed reports that it has been logging data on the reading activity of people who use the free Adobe Digital Editions service, and that the company has been transmitting those logs to its servers as unencrypted text files, raising privacy and security concerns.

Clearing the brush

The New York Times’ sensationalizing of the practice of abridging adult nonfiction titles for a younger audience rather misses the point, which is about commerce, not censorship. The main difference between the adult and juvenile editions of these titles is that the latter are shorter, provide less background material, and are less detailed. As an […]

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Please, God, let him telephone me now

“I must stop this. I mustn’t be this way. Look. Suppose a young man says he’ll call a girl up, and then something happens, and he doesn’t. That isn’t so terrible, is it? Why, it’s gong on all over the world, right this minute. Oh, what do I care what’s going on all over the […]

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The buck stops over there

After seeing some alarming comments on Read Roger and Facebook I feel the need to point out something I thought everybody knew: the Horn Book, like our sisters at SLJ, Booklist,  BCCB and PW, does not charge authors or publishers for book reviews. Publishers Weekly and Kirkus does offer fee-based reviewing services but these are […]

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A challenge to self-publishers

Thank you all for your comments, here and on Twitter and Facebook, about the question of reviewing books from self-published authors. I am learning a lot. Hey Zetta Eliott–how about another article from you for our pages on this subject? A number of commenters have suggested that the Horn Book begin a column highlighting the […]

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An open letter to the self-published author feeling dissed.

Dear self-published author: I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your book refused possible review coverage by the Horn Book simply because it is self-published. But here is why that situation is unlikely to change anytime soon. If we met at a party or something, I, and I think my colleagues at the […]

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The International Association of School Librarianship Will Publish Book Series with Libraries Unlimited

A professional development book series for school librarians worldwide will be coming out in June 2015. “School librarians’ issues are very similar across all cultures,” shares one librarian from South Africa.

Gene Luen Yang Rouses the Crowd at DC National Book Festival

SLJ goes to this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC, and several changes were afoot. But one thing was clear—Gene Luen Yang’s stirring speech about diversity left an indelible mark.

Zest Books Enters “New Adult” Market with Pulp Imprint

Pulp, the new imprint from Zest Books geared to the New Adult audience, is promising “Juicy. Messy. Truthy. Books.”

Amazon Reveals Sticking Points with Hachette

In a Kindle forum post dated July 29, Amazon reveals specific details of its sticking points with Hachette Publishing Group over profit-share and ebook pricing—and in doing so, doesn’t do Hachette any favors.

Star YA Authors Reveal Inspirations and Challenges | SLJ SummerTeen 2014

On July 24, SLJ’s SummerTeen virtual event, attended by nearly 800 conference goers, was chock full of popular and thought-provoking YA authors, such as keynoters Gayle Forman (If I Stay) and Matthew Quick (Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock), who reveal some of the more personal asides, challenges, and stories behind novel writing. It was Quick who said, “Good literature, he said, “[comforts] the disturbed and [disturbs] the comforted.”

Why Can’t the English?

We saw Dawn of the Planet of the Apes last night–ehh. Some the intra- and inter-species encounters were quite moving and dramatic but the plot was on automatic and the fabulously watchable Judy Greer was wasted (she could have been completely blotto given that all she had to do was lie there with a suffering […]

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Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Describing the service as a potentially “disruptive challenge to libraries,” Jamie LaRue, principal of LaRue and Associates Consulting, told LJ that “even in rural areas now, a lot of folks have ereaders, and find that they prefer ebooks. This kind of service, at that price point, will probably result in another market shift. $9.99 is a pretty good deal.”