The publishing company that brought us Harry Potter, Bloomsbury, has been faced with an increase of fifteen percent from China for books printed there. This happened overnight on the first of September.
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According to Chief Executive Nigel Newton, the company wasn’t prepared for this increase but they are doing their best to take it in stride. This increase should only have a small impact for the finical year, but could possibly cause some issues in the future. Newton says that illustrated books, such as the Harry Potter illustrated editions are published in China due to the good pricing and quality.
Unfortunately from March to August there was a five percent decrease in Sales, but Newton wasn’t worried about future sales. When E-books were forced introduced everyone feared how they would take over, but according to Newton, it doesn’t matter if it’s an e-book or printed copy, they’re still buying a book from the company, so E-books just helped increase sales.
With the unstoppable contender of online retailers, bookstore chains have been struggling to stay afloat. Inspiration from writer Margaret Atwood has given an executive an idea that might make a difference.
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Heather Reisman, the chief executive of Canada’s largest bookstore chain, Indigo, had reportedly met with The Handmaiden’s Tale‘s novelist, Margaret Atwood for some tea back in 2015. After a long conversation Atwood gave her farewell to Reisman, telling her she planned on relaxing with a good book and some comfy socks.
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This was where Heather Reisman came up with her idea for a new product, which in 2016 grew into Indigo, a cultural department store for book lovers.
It all started with plush “reading socks“, one of Indigo’s signature gift items.
Indigo currently has a assortment of these comfy socks, in different color and styles. Perfect for any book reading occasion.
According to the New York Times article, Indigo created a whole line of products for their bookstore in addition to their reading socks. Ironically enough, not many of them have a great deal to do with book reading, but they do help to create a comfortable and happy life for readers.
Go on Indigo’s website and you can find products such as fitbits, dinnerware, waterbottles, handcreams, etc. Every book lover ought to take care of their bodies and their homes, no? Of course they sell a whole collection of books and book-related products too.
Currently, Indigo operates 85 superstores and 120 small-format stores. “The concept aims to create an experience for customers beyond the book”, Reisman says in a New Jersey article.
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This past Holiday season in the US, Indigo opened it’s first American store in Short Hills, New Jersey.
Canadians were responding so well to this evolution of a bookstore into what we call a book lovers’ ‘cultural department store…We felt given the response Canadians were having to it, that we would have the opportunity” to expand into the Northeast.
So far the store seems to be the talk of the town and doing exceptionally well.
With beloved bookstore chains like Borders and Barnes & Nobles slowly falling to online competition, it’s a relief to see a chain that is on the rise with such a novel idea.
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Are you an avid reader who just graduated college, or who is currently working an unfulfilling job? Are you thinking of how to apply your love of reading to a job that will actually make you money? Check out these ten jobs that are perfect for readers!
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You expected this, didn’t you? Of course, when someone wants a career in books, this is the one that comes to mind. You will not always be reading books, but you will be surrounded by them. You will impart your wisdom, passion, and devotion to reading to the youth, and have discussions with like-minded people!
2. Literary Agent
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A literary agent is the bridge between the author and publisher. They are the writer’s representatives, who seek out publishers and negotiate deals and contracts. They also read a bunch of manuscripts before they decide want to take a chance on a writer. It is highly recommended to find an agent, rather than submitting your manuscript un-agented to a publishing house, many of whom won’t accept manuscripts from authors who are not represented by an agent.
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Working at a publisher means you could be involved in the editing, cover design, marketing or any other aspect of the production of a book. In any of these fields, you can exercise your creativity, choices, and have your eyes on the page all day! What more could you want?
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If you love to read, then surely you appreciate the rules of grammar. The job of proofreaders is to correct grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. Proofreading is one of the most available and desired positions to be filled in the job market.
5. Script Reader
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Are you into movies, television series, or films in general? You can read script submissions from writers who are looking to work on a desired show, and make the decision to accept or toss it onto the rejection pile. Reading a lot of books, plays, and scripts, makes you qualified to decide what is acceptable.
6. Book Reviewers
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Based on employer’s rules and regulations you get to critique books by writing articles or on book websites—regarding essence of story like plot, setting, tone, and believability.
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This job requires you to be at least bilingual. A translator translates books between languages. You are expected to read and rewrite copies—taking into consideration of grammar rules. As a reader, you are passionate about the essence of language, and this job will provide a closer relationship with it.
8. Book Publicist
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You will be responsible and accountable for marketing books. You’ll be scheduling book signings, contacting media outlets such as newspapers, radio shows, and television producers to schedule interviews for representation and promotion for the targeted book.
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Want to inspire fresh young minds to read? Then being a reading level teacher for elementary school is just for you! You could also be an English teacher in middle school or high school or even college professor!
10. Independent Bookstore Proprietor
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Are you the kind of person that does not like to work for others? If you are looking forward to opening up your own business and immersing yourself in your love into reading somewhere, you can open up your bookstore with the help of social media and the internet these days. This way you will have a duty for others by helping their book reading passion.
As you come to the end of the list, then you will see that there are plenty of jobs for book lovers who need your love of reading, passion for writing, and knowledge of grammar. All it takes is to explore and to open your heart and your book up to the possibilities!