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Book Publishing History

Clay tablets, papyrus codices, Gutenberg, paperbacks, ebooks: The book and its antecedents helped stimulate the growth of civilization and foster the spread of knowledge. Read about the modest device that has provided humankind with untold hours of enlightenment and entertainment, instruction and armchair adventure.

Libraries of the Ancient World
Libraries of the Ancient World

The Codex - The Early Bound "Book"
The term codex (Latin for “block of wood”) refers to the early form of what we know as a book--that is, pages bound together. Papyrus codices supplanted scrolls as the reading devices of choice for the same qualities we value in books today.

Gutenberg - Johann Gutenberg and the Invention of the Printing Press
Johann Gutenberg is nearly universally credited with being the inventor of the printing press, the father of the modern printed book, and a communications catalyst who opened up the world to the quick and efficient spread of knowledge and ideas.

The Frankfurt Book Fair — The World's Oldest Book Fair
The Frankfurt Book Fair's has an illustrious 500-year-old history and today is acknowledged to be the world's largest book fair, attracting a global audience of more than a quarter of a million book publishing industry professionals each October.

The Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library is the principal library of the University of Oxford in England. Established in 1602, it is the most historically prominent in what is known as the Bodleian Libraries group of the school.

The Big Five Trade Book Publishers
The major trade book publishing companies in the United States are often referred to as the "Big Five." Here's the list of the "Big Five" book publishers, and a bit about each one, including their addresses, phone numbers, and website addresses.

The Pulitzer Prize for Letters: A Coveted Prize for Book Authors Since 1917
The Pulitzer Prize for Letters is a coveted honor among authors. In addition to prestige, the Pulitzer Prize brings with it recognition in the book marketplace and, as a general rule, increased sales.

Southern Literary Hotspots
Southern literary hotspots - An incomplete and eclectic tour of things bookish down South.

Newbery Medal Winners 1922 - 1972
Newbery Medal history - The first 50 years of winners of the most prestigious award for children's literature.

Newbery Medal Winners 1973 - present day
Newbery Medal history - winners of the prestigious children's literature prize from 1973 through the present day.

About Julia Child, Iconic Cookbook Author and TV Food Personality
Julia Child was an iconic cookbook author, credited with bringing French cooking to American “servantless” households in the early 1960s. She has been hailed as the first true television food personality, whose “how-to” shows and cookbooks brought a passion for cooking and food into millions of American homes and paved the way for the...

About Julia Child, Iconic Cookbook Author and TV Food Personality - Part 2
Julia Child parlayed her first cookbook and her passion for food and cooking into a parallel career as a television personality—which became a media platform for her subsequent cookbooks and a model for the many TV chefs who followed. Read about Julia Child's first cookbook marketing and publicity and how it evolved into a television career.

Mystery Writers of America (MWA)
Mystery Writers of America (MWA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to those who write mysteries and/or about crime in any form. Membership also includes professionals like publishers, editors, librarians, agents, booksellers and producers who support the genre, as well as aspiring mystery authors.

The Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA)
For 200 years, Jane Austen's books have been sources of bookseller profits. Since 1979, the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) is a literary society dedicated to the organization dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of the classic author Jane Austen.

eBooks - Books in Electronic Form
All about eBooks - Books in Electronic Form, including history, usage of ebooks, advantages of ebooks, ebook readers

The Rise of E-Books
Book publishing history was made when in Spring of 2010, with the release of the Apple iPad and the launch of its iBookstore and the sale of e-books outpaced hardcover book sales on the Amazon.com site. Since then, the e-book revolution has been accelerating at a rapid pace.

Department of Justice E-Book Pricing Suit
On April 11, 2012 the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit against Apple and five of the six largest U.S. book publishers at the time, alleging a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act for conspiring to raise the retail price of e-books. Read about the suit, the settlements, the decision and the book publishing industry reaction.

The Google Library Project: An Overview of the Google Library Project
The Google Library Project was intended to create a comprehensive, searchable, virtual card catalog of all books in all languages, to make it easier for people to find relevant books, whether those books are in or out of print.

Google Book Settlement: Proposed Resolution of Google Library Project Lawsuits
The Google Book Settlement refers to the proposed settlement of lawsuits brought against Google for its Google Library Project. The two suits, Authors Guild v. Google and McGraw-Hill, et. al. v. Google, sought damages for the Google Library Project's unauthorized digitizing of library content, claiming that it violated copyright laws. The settlement agreement offers a legally imperfect window into the digital information future.

Hachette vs. Amazon - 2014 Pivotal Negotiations
Hachette vs. Amazon.com - negotiating ebook terms or fighting for publishing survival?

Google's eBookstore - Books from a "Cloud"
The Google ebookstore partners with bricks and mortar bookstores to give those booksellers the ability to offer their customers an ebook-buying option with broad choices.

Publishers as Booksellers and Vice Versa
Historically, trade publishers published books and booksellers sold them. But in this age of electronic publishing, the roles of publishers, booksellers—and even agents—have become more fluid.

Barnes & Noble As Book Publisher — The Book Publishing History of B&N
Barnes & Noble Booksellers, “The World’s Largest Bookstore,” also has a long history as a book publisher, and has published its own product since early its history as a chain store. From bargain books to e-books, read about the book publishing history of B&N.

The History of the Borders Group: About the Borders Group National Chain of...
The Borders Group, Inc is a publicly held bookstore chain that operates Borders superstores and Waldenbooks Specialty Retail segment stores, including Waldenbooks, Borders Express and Borders airport stores. After three distinct bookstore chains were acquired, then spun off, by Kmart, the Borders Group grew to be the second-largest...

Amazon.com's Bookselling and Book Publishing Milestones
Today retail giant Amazon.com offers millions of different products. But the company founded by Jeff Bezos began with books. Look at the milestones in Amazon.com's history as it relates to all things book.

Len Riggio, Founder of Barnes & Noble
Leonard Riggio is the founder of the Barnes & Noble, Inc. Riggio’s roots in bookselling date back to his job as a bookstore clerk in college, just before he opened his first bookstore in 1965. Read about his history with books and how he's been on the forefront of bookselling innovation — and revolution — ever since.

New York City and Book Publishing
Home of the Big Six book publishers, NYC is also filled with bookstores; libraries; book fairs, conventions and literary awards; readings and signings by live authors, and the footsteps of authors long past. The Big Apple is a paradise for visiting book lovers; here's a sampling of what they will find.

Self-Publishing Milestone: Amanda Hocking's Self-Publishing Success Story
Self-published writer Amanda Hocking made millions of dollars in her first year as a DIY author of young adult paranormal romance and urban fantasy novels. How did Hocking find self-publishing success? By having a large body of work to draw upon, by knowing her audience... and by having some market savvy.

Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar® Awards
The Edgar® Awards are bestowed each year by the Mystery Writers of America to recognize writing achievements in the literary genre of mystery and crime, as well as achievements outside of the scope of writing that support the mystery genre, such as in publishing or bookselling.

2012 ALA Youth Media Award Winners
A listing of the recipients of American Library Association (ALA) 2012 Youth Media Awards and honors (including the Newbery Medal winner), which recognize the top books, videos, and audiobooks for children and young adults published in 2011.

World Book and Copyright Day—"The Day of the Book"
April 23 is a traditional day of celebration of books and publishing. Read about how April 23 became first “The Day of the Book" and then UNESCO's World Book and Copyright Day—and read about the other book celebrations those traditions inspired.

2012 World Book Night U.S. and 2012 UNESCO World Book and Copyright Day
Monday, April 23, 2012 marks UNESCO’s 2012 World Book and Copyright Day dedicated to Books and Translations. It is also the date of the inaugural celebration of World Book Night U.S., a celebration of books and reading.

2014 World Book Night
2014 World Book Night

2014 IACP Cookbook Award Winners
The 2014 IACP Cookbook Award Winners

Fifty Shades of Book Publishing Success
Fifty Shades of Grey is a sexually explicit novel that came from modest fan fiction beginnings to become a record-breaking book publishing phenomenon. Read about this spicy 2012 success story.

2013 IACP Cookbook Awards
Read about 2013 IACP Cookbook Awards finalists, presented by the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

2014 IACP Cookbook Award Finalists
The 2014 IACP Cookbook Awards finalists.

2014 James Beard Foundation Book Awards
2014 James Beard Foundation Book Award nominees.

The 2013 National Book Awards
Read about the finalists and winners of the 2013 National Book Awards.


2013 National Book Critics Circle Winners
The 2013 National Book Critics Circle Awards — the complete list of finalists, winners and prize winners of the NBCC annual awards, presented in 2014 for books published in the prior year.

2014 Pulitzer Prizes for Letters
A list of the 2014 winners of the Pulitzer Prizes for Letters, as well as the finalists in each category.

2014 SIBA Book Awards
About the 2014 SIBA Book Awards, including nominees and winners.

2014 Audie Awards
2014 Audie Awards honoring excellence in audiobooks, including nominees and winners.

2014 Edgar Awards - Nominees & Winners
Complete list of 2014 Edgar Award nominees and winners, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television, published or produced in 2013.

2014 RWA RITA Award Finalists and Winners
2014 Romance Writers of America (RWA) RITA Award finalists and winners.

2014 RWA Golden Heart and Industry Awards
2014 Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award Finalists, Winners & RWA Industry Awards

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