Links of Interest: September 1, 2021

News Libraries have a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a funding boost. The US House of Representatives just passed a $3.5 trillion budget, and legislators now must earmark how that money will be spent. The American Library Association is urging supporters to contact their representatives to encourage funding for libraries. Read Andrew Albanese . . . This content is … Read more

Links of Interest: August 18, 2021

News The mysterious book thief. Someone with industry knowledge is acquiring manuscripts prior to publication—but with no clear motivation. A reporter at New York’s Vulture digs into the case and identifies an agent who some suspect is responsible. Read Reeves Wiedeman. Bouchercon is called off. The annual mystery convention, to be held this month in New Orleans, is … Read more

Trendspotting: Booming Hardcovers and Email Privacy

Where there’s smoke… As a reminder, Trendspotting is an occasional feature in Hot Sheet where I segue into first person and discuss informally what’s happening in publishing and media. First up: hardcovers.The hardcover format enjoys tremendous growth in the USThis is a sales trend that pre-dates the pandemic and has been gaining steam this year. … Read more

The Meaningful Online Event: Current Thinking

Regardless of how the pandemic unfolds, online events will continue, with a focus on meaningful, quality experiences; accessibility; and a sense of community For 18 months now, we’ve been reporting on the many ways authors, publishers, and booksellers have pivoted to online methods of marketing books. The online literary event remains one of the most … Read more