April 15, 2014

A World of New Titles: Editor’s Picks | BEA 2013

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At BookExpo America, LJ’s Reviews editors found titles to intrigue, inspire, and set imaginations free. LJ’s Review editors logged many hours at BookExpo America searching for forthcoming titles that show the most promise for libraries and their patrons.

Ebook Fair Play: It’s a License, or a Sale, but It Can’t Be Both | LJ Insider

When I was a kid, I used to play with the girl who lived across the street. But I never got to choose the game. When we were at her house, she would say “It’s my house, so I get to pick.” When we were at my house, she’d say, “I’m the guest, so I get to pick.” I would’ve been fine with either of these rules, but I was not fine with her choosing whichever was to her advantage at that moment. Visiting BookExpo America (BEA) last week, it occurred to me that, on the question of whether an ebook is “sold” or “licensed,” many publishers are dead ringers for that little girl across the street.

BEA For All: A Librarian’s Guide to BookExpo America 2013

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To make the most of BEA, here are the offerings that are best for librarians—not all of them are particularly aimed at our profession, but eavesdropping on “the other side” can be illuminating. Though ebook questions feature heavily, we’re moving on from library availability concerns to debates surrounding secondhand ebooks, the effects on authors, and e-publishing of out-of-print titles.

Every Reader a Book: Finally, a BEA That Generated Excitement About Books | Editorial

Budgets be damned. the number of librarians at BookExpo America (some even paid their own way) attests to the insatiable demand for books in any format and the deep impact librarians, both as library book buyers and recommenders of titles for their patrons, have on the book world. As many panelists at BEA noted, referring to LJ’s Patron Profiles, their influence goes further, since library users, particularly Power Patrons and Power ePatrons, are also avid book buyers in all formats, contrary to what some publishers presume.

ALA Picks Chicago for Three More Years; BEA Moves One Week Earlier

The American Library Association, which already planned to hold its annual conference in Chicago in 2013 and 2017, now plans to hold the event there in 2020, 2023, and 2026 as well. BookExpo America will take place one week earlier in 2013.

Editors’ Picks Panel: 22 Great Titles | LJ Day of Dialog 2012

Thrillers and first novels. History, in fiction and nonfiction. Serious sociological study and the story of a contentious rooster. All were among the top titles for the forthcoming seasons presented by top editors appearing at Day of Dialog’s ever-popular Editors’ Picks panel. The presentations swung wide, and they swung deep. Here’s a rundown.

The Fourth Annual Librarian Shout & Share | BookExpo America 2012

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Moderated by Barbara Genco, Library Journal’s Manager of Special Projects, and featuring six librarian/tastemakers, the fourth annual Librarian Shout ’n Share offered audience members nearly 100 titles to ponder.

Tina Fey’s Bossypants Named Audiobook of the Year | BookExpo America 2012

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Tina Fey’s Bossypants (Hachette Audio) proved the big winner at the 2012 Audie Awards presented by the Audio Publishers Association at a gala Manhattan Ceremony June 5. Fey snagged the coveted Audiobook of the Year prize as well as winning the Biography/Memoir category

Who’s On First? New Voices in Genre Fiction | LJ Day of Dialog 2012

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“We all love discovering new voices,” said LJ Prepub Alert Editor Barbara Hoffert as she introduced five first-time authors with distinctly different voices at the Day of Dialog’s second morning panel, Who’s on First? Debut Genre Fiction with Buzz. In a lively freewheeling conversation, Karen Engelmann, Max Gladstone, Eleanor Kuhns, Beatriz Williams, and Ariel S. Winter shared their inspirations for their books and the advantages and disadvantages of being a debut writer.

Best Digital Practices: Navigating Platforms, Digital Displays, and the Ghost of VHS | LJ Day 2012of Dialog 2012

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The third panel of the day, “Best Digital Practices” offered concrete advice from librarians who’ve spent time in the ebook trenches. “Unless you are willfully ignorant or dead,” Library Journal Book Review Editor Heather McCormack began, you are aware of the challenges librarians face as new digital collections are built and maintained.