CLOUD UNBOUND

Libraries, ebooks, publishing, and all the sublimely prickly stuff in between as viewed by Heather McCormack, Collection Development Manager, 3M Cloud Library

CLOUD UNBOUND

Libraries, ebooks, publishing, discovery
I had the distinct pleasure of touring Faber & Faber’s offices in Bloomsbury last week, and what should I be treated to but a copy of Eimear McBride’s debut, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, a nominee for the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction, winner of the inaugural Goldsmiths Award, and my next read.
In the words of Faber publisher Stephen Page, McBride is a “total original.” That’s good enough for me, and the book will take me back to my undergrad days in Minnesota of studying bracing Irish fiction by the likes of Edna O’Brien, another Faber author.
Without having started it, I’m putting it in the category of Anna Burns’s searing 2001 debut, No Bones, nominated for the Orange Prize (which the BAILEYS award used to be called). We shall see if that proves true.

I had the distinct pleasure of touring Faber & Faber’s offices in Bloomsbury last week, and what should I be treated to but a copy of Eimear McBride’s debut, A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing, a nominee for the BAILEYS Women’s Prize for Fiction, winner of the inaugural Goldsmiths Award, and my next read.

In the words of Faber publisher Stephen Page, McBride is a “total original.” That’s good enough for me, and the book will take me back to my undergrad days in Minnesota of studying bracing Irish fiction by the likes of Edna O’Brien, another Faber author.

Without having started it, I’m putting it in the category of Anna Burns’s searing 2001 debut, No Bones, nominated for the Orange Prize (which the BAILEYS award used to be called). We shall see if that proves true.

"Researchers found that being too busy, not enjoying reading, and preferring to spend their spare time on the internet mean men read fewer books, read more slowly, and are less likely to finish them than women."



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A study published today by the UK’s Reading Agency (through which I met my library twin, Sandy Mahal, well worth a follow if you want to track literacy goings-on in England). Well, we’re not surprised, are we? And yet, women still do not rule the world.

Once more, I must point collection development and readers’ advisory librarians to Douglas Lord, who writes the gut-bustingly hilarious and educational Books for Dudes column for Library Journal. If anyone can help you attract the elusive 18-45 male demographic, it’s he.

Here are two favorite roundups (I confess I used to edit him, but still: he has great taste and co-mingles fiction and nonfiction):



Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.
Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).
The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.
THE END!
Zoom Info
Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.
Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).
The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.
THE END!
Zoom Info
Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.
Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).
The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.
THE END!
Zoom Info
Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.
Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).
The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.
THE END!
Zoom Info

Here’s a question I field regularly: “Where in the name of ONIX 3.0 are the picture books, H-Dude?” Picture books, in case you’ve never attempted to shop for them, are notoriously difficult to locate in metadata. There is no BISAC category assigned to them, and not all publishers identify titles as picture books in descriptions, which are not searchable anyways.

Complicating matters further is format: many picture books, like Random House’s Dr. Seuss works, are published in fixed format epub, which no library vendor app currently supports (that’s changing for us in the near future).

The good news is that widely accessible, quality picture books do exist in ebook form. Take, for example, the latest entries in Cloud publishing partner Holiday House’s I Like To Read series, designed for emerging readers. The best way to identify picture books for the time being is to, well, read my Top New Releases newsletter every Friday. Drawing on information from library marketers, I break out children’s titles from juvenile and young adult titles, and I clearly mark picture books.

THE END!

Arty-farty galley photo, from ye auld iPhone camera roll. Congratulations, Donna Tartt.
Remember what Ruth Liebmann said on Twitter:

Loved THE GOLDFINCH. Inhaled it in 3 days. Glorious. Can’t believe that ARC is sitting unread on your shelf, darling.
— R.E. Liebmann (@yrstrulyREL) August 19, 2013

Arty-farty galley photo, from ye auld iPhone camera roll. Congratulations, Donna Tartt.

Remember what Ruth Liebmann said on Twitter:

"Wouldn’t you be surprised?"



- Best-selling novelist Donna Tartt to USA Today on winning the Pulitzer Prize for The Goldfinch, in Cloud from publishing partner Hachette Book Group USA.