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  • Free webinar: ‘Why Authors Who Want to Self-Publish Need a Business Hat’
    Joel Friedlander from The Book Designer is hosting a free webinar today at 4 p.m. ET entitled, "Why Authors Who Want to Self-Publish Need a Business Hat", presented by attorney and self-published author Helen Sedgwick. Learn what you need to know and do to get ready for the business, legal, and tax requirements for self-publishing.
  • TAA President: Publishing consolidation has consequences
    Many trends are affecting the academic and textbook publishing industries. TAA regularly examines and reflects on these trends in its newsletter, during its annual conference, and in webinars and other communications with TAA members. One of the trends currently affecting the industry is consolidation, as corporations purchase academic and textbook publishing companies and consolidate them under large corporate umbrellas. A recent Chronicle of Higher Education article discussed an example of this trend. Informa, a corporation that owns the huge scholarly publishing company Taylor & Francis, bought Ashgate Publishing last summer. By November, Informa had closed Ashgate’s U.S. office and laid off several Ashgate staff, according to a petition at Change.org. The Chronicle article noted that Informa “has become the latest adversary for academics worried about consolidation in academic publishing.”
  • 10 Reasons why academics should blog [Infographic]
    How can you improve your writing and productivity, collaborate and network more easily, find new and unexpected experiences, disseminate your research more widely, and build your reputation? Start a blog. Academics can realize many benefits from blogging. This infographic shares ten of those benefits:
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