Jane Austen just celebrated her 239th birthday on December 16th!
Regina Jeffers introduces some interesting historical facts about Publishing Options for Women During Jane Austen’s Lifetime on her blog.
Female writers during the early Regency suffered from the gender bias from their time, and were generally faced with great difficulty in pursing writing as a career. Encouraged and supported by her family, Jane Austen mainly had four means of publishing her works: Publishing by subscription, publishing by profit sharing, publishing by selling the copyright, and publishing on commission. Their explanations are followed by a brief introduction to Austen’s Publishing History. Her influence as a successful writer and an inspiring woman continues into our age.
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Source: Courtesy of Regina Jeffers
Mike Doherty writes about Andrew Wylie in an article What is the future of book publishing? ‘Chances are things are going to work out,’ super-agent says for Postmedia News, accessible on Vancouver Sun. Wylie expresses optimism toward printed publishing in spite of the wave of digitalisation in publishing industry worldwide, saying that the world will “return to good old-fashioned books” because “the printed word lasts and lasts and lasts.”
What is so special about printed publications that makes Wylie claim it will come back into fashion? For me, printed books do have their distinctive attraction for being physical, lasting, and symbolically valuable as gifts. However, it remains uncertain whether our next generation’s reading habits will be completely overhauled by the popularisation of portable devices, leading to an irreversible overturn of publishing conventions.
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Growing up as a bookworm, I have gone completely crazy about the spin-off products of Penguin Books — and I’m pretty sure that I am not the only one. Penguin Books was one of the first foreign publishers who introduced western classical literature into China, and as a teenager I was privileged to indulge myself with English language and literature, thanks to this little Penguin.
Postcards featuring iconic Penguin book jackets, Book Bag with an image of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road (which I could no longer resist and finally purchased one from HKU Bookstore at 166HKD, on 21st January 2015), Water Bottle based on the cover of The Lost Girl, Notebook coming with Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice…… I see the production of book spin-off as an innovative marketing strategy to increase sales and allow the publishing house to transition from relying on the sales of books (including hard copies and e-books) to attracting the readers with more creative products. Rather than limiting ourselves to the traditional ways of running a publishing business, we might find it the right time to re-examine the old saying of “judging a book by its cover”!
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