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Week Six – Oct. 24th

Posts by Newsletter Group Six: Kaitelyn Dieguez, Jordyn Snow, Leslie Peters, Breckyn Ely, Nancy Cleary, Nicole Anderson

Trick or Treat?: Self-Publishing is on the rise- Thanks to Amazon

On March 24, 2016 Bowker –the US company that issues International Standard Book Numbers or ISBNs- published a study that reviewed the growth of self-publishing from 2010- 2015 (Bowker 2016). Their study found that during that time the number of... Continue Reading →

Disturbing: Most UK authors’ annual incomes well below minimum wage

For the last several years, researchers in the UK have been following a startling trend. While the publishing industry itself has seen a rise in sales, the majority of authors’ incomes are steadily declining. A report released last month by... Continue Reading →

Harrowing: Will a Bankrupt Shipping Company Force Publishers to go Without Sales this Holiday Season?

In August of this year, Hanjin Shipping filed for bankruptcy protection in South Korea after they were unable to cover fuel costs and worker pay. Now you wonder what a shipping company in Korea has to do with the biggest... Continue Reading →

Scary: Will Artificial Intelligence Replace Scientific Editors?

At the Frankfurt Book Fair this week, a startup company based in Toronto has claimed to have created artificial intelligence that out-performed their scientific editors in recognizing and selecting manuscripts. The company, Meta, has titled their innovative product Bibliometrics Intelligence, and... Continue Reading →

Frightening: No Degree Required in Publishing?

In January of 2016 Penguin Random House UK announced they were taking all degree requirements off their job applications. Ironically, at that same time many of us in GWU Cohort 12 were making the decision to attend Graduate School. “Not having been through... Continue Reading →

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