This past week, several of us from Front Edge attended the annual independent publishers conference hosted by the giant book wholesaler Ingram and its cutting-edge team at Lightning Source. Each year, the conference shares the latest news, research data and ideas for improving both Content and Production. In this column, we share a half dozen news items of interest to writers, publishers and other media professionals.
In preparing our authors’ manuscripts for publishing, we often discuss placing epigraphs at the beginning of each chapter. Epigraphs are a classic element in book design, dating back more than 300 years—and they’re also as contemporary as current best sellers. Editor David Crumm lists 10 reasons epigraphs can be a smart option for authors. Even J.K. Rowling has used epigraphs.
This summer, Internet users around the world are seeing notices about new privacy protections at popular websites. A European Union law regulating the collection and use of our personal data went into effect and, because the Internet is global, everyone is involved in the effort. In this column, we provide a quick introduction to these important privacy issues, which we fully support.
A newly released Pew Research report, which you can download for free, chronicles a rapidly changing pattern of social media usage among American teens. While Facebook once dominated, that’s not the case now. But books? Pew says young adults still love them, especially in paper. Learn why this matters to writers today.
As the fasting month of Ramadan approaches, the world’s nearly 2 billion Muslims are preparing to focus, once again, on the Quran. Nightly gatherings of the faithful are a widespread tradition—especially to hear the Quran recited by a qari, or expert at chanting the Quran for audiences following traditional styles. Islam, after all, is a […]