Words about Words: A Love List for Linguists

By Kate Carroll|2018-12-04T14:42:36-05:00February 9th, 2016|

After a lively discussion in the office about how the sounds of certain words make us cringe (moist anyone?) and others are music to our ears (my personal favorite: tabernacle; other office suggestions: mellifluous, resplendent and epiphany), I decided to investigate more examples. In doing so, I hit the jackpot: a word about words! As a language lover, I’ve always delighted in discovering new terms. But there’s something extra [...]

Instant Books

By Reena Karasin|2018-11-02T11:08:47-04:00September 24th, 2015|

For those who remain staunch devotees of print books, there are few things as disappointing as being at your favorite bookstore and unable to find the book you’re searching for. However, it is difficult for publishers and bookstores to forecast, print and stock books that they are unsure will sell—and doing so can lead to monetary losses and ultimately needing to destroy unsold [...]

Genealogical Research and Publishing: From the Gilded Age to DNA

By Publishing Solutions Group|2019-03-19T15:42:59-04:00February 3rd, 2015|

Genealogical research techniques have evolved greatly from the Gilded Age of the late nineteenth century, where finding one’s roots was largely the province of wealthy families who could afford professional researchers. Goals from this endeavor, aside from making a record of one’s ancestry for posterity, included proving a royal or presidential lineage, or membership in an exclusive hereditary organization such as the General Society of [...]

Publishing Apps for Students

By Alexandra Garner|2018-10-26T13:31:14-04:00December 12th, 2013|

With tablets becoming more and more popular, new apps for children’s education have developed, and teachers have even started using them in the classroom. According to Forbes, Apple sold three million of its new iPad during its opening weekend, with analysts expecting over sixty million of the tablets to be sold worldwide; ereaders are selling even faster than tablets. With so many different options, [...]

Are Publishing Seasons Outdated?

By Alexandra Garner|2018-10-26T12:38:12-04:00October 22nd, 2013|

An article in Publishers Weekly posed the question of whether publishing seasons are dead, reasoning that print books now have to compete with ebooks, which are essentially seasonless. Originally determined by the physical shipping schedule of books, publishing seasons may not be relevant anymore. However, this change in publishing seasons concerns mostly trade cycles—educational and academic publishers, regardless of the format they are publishing, still [...]

Academics Still Prefer Print

By Nick Perricone|2018-10-26T12:30:34-04:00October 10th, 2013|

The use of electronic formats of things we read is on the rise. The population of Americans aged 16 and older who read e-books has grown from 16 percent to 23 percent over the past year. More and more people are now buying e-book readers and tablets. Universities, following this trend of electronic information, are developing ways of replacing the textbook with more interactive ways of learning, such as [...]

Technology Paves the Way for US Publication of International Books

By Grant Bradley|2018-10-26T11:55:40-04:00August 6th, 2013|

This May the University of Rochester’s translation database Three Percent announced that 413 translated works of fiction and poetry were released in the United States in 2012, an increase from 370 titles the year before. While these small numbers may seem like a drop in the pond compared to the behemoth of American publishing, they point to a growing market for translated, international trade books. This burgeoning sector [...]

Common Core Myths Revealed

By Hayley Gundlach|2018-10-26T10:37:50-04:00June 6th, 2013|

As many schools across the country enter their final month, they are another year closer to a drastic change that has been looming for a while. In 2010, the Common Core State Standards (or just the “Standards,” as the Common Core State Standards website refers to them) were developed and introduced. Since then, 45 out of the 50 states, along with a number [...]

Preparing Students for the “Real World”: Minnesota Updates Social Studies Standards

By Emily Sinclair|2018-10-19T13:27:35-04:00August 21st, 2012|

In late 2011, after a year-long process involving careful analysis of national documents, reports and expert reviews, the Minnesota Social Studies Standards (MNSS) committee began to model their social studies curriculum after some of the most exemplary standards from other states. Public commentary was taken into account during this process. What resulted from their work is a new, broadened set of social studies [...]

Publishers on Social Media

By Karen Parkman|2018-10-19T12:41:55-04:00June 26th, 2012|

Though I’m both an avid reader and social media user, books and social networking seemed like an unlikely pairing to me. Maybe it’s because they appeal to me in completely different ways: reading is an isolated activity that requires concentration, while social networking connects me to a large group of people and requires a shorter attention span. Still, I believe both activities have [...]

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