PW's complete ALA Midwinter Preview, our look at what to expect at this year's American Library Association Midwinter meeting, held in Dallas from January 20-24, 2012.
Off the Shelf
As the ALA Midwinter meeting approaches, the e-book conversation between libraries and publishers hits a new low—but going back to the shelves is not an option
And the Winner Is...
ALA’s Newbery and Caldecott Awards are given for children’s books, but they carry grown-up clout—in fact, they may be the most coveted book prizes in all of publishing
Check It Out with Nancy Pearl: December 2011 - ALA and Digital Downloads
Super-librarian Nancy Pearl talks about the upcoming ALA conference and issues surrounding digital downloads and libraries
Cory Doctorow: Copyrights vs. Human Rights
December 10 is Human Rights Day, as designated by the U.N. General Assembly and observed all over the world. In honor of the occasion, I want to address the human rights implications associated with something central to all of us in the publishing industry: copyright policy.
Use It, or Lose It
When it comes to copyright, the discussion today invariably focuses on piracy. For today’s large copyright-based industries, almost any unauthorized use of their content is considered stealing. But the real question may be what such a restrictive reading of copyright steals from the public. In Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (Univ. of Chicago, 2011) authors Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi look at the impact of today’s copyright policies on creativity and argue that fair use—that long-embedded if often misunderstood core principle of copyright—can help creators cut through the static of today’s confusing, contentious copyright environment.
When it comes to e-books, Amazon and popular bestsellers may get all the ink—but one of the hottest, most competitive markets is for digital monographs—and it is being driven by university presses and nonprofit platforms
Pioneering Library-Publisher Relations
Today, every major publisher has a library marketing department, but Purcell’s at Random House was the first.