THE BENNETT BLOG
Through our Inbooks business unit, James Bennett has worked with and distributed for Facet Publishing for a very long time. It has been interesting to watch their publishing program develop and the topics of interest to professional librarians and their libraries.
These days we have a number of books on e-books, how to build and manage collections, negotiating licenses, scholarly publishing in the digital age and much more.
The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) celebrates the achievements of authors, booksellers and publishers.
Here at James Bennett, we like to tell you about our staff. Not because they are wonderful, hard-working, and dedicated workers, but because they also have such interesting positions and backgrounds. Today we introduce you to Sarah Cavanagh. Of course, many of our customers know Sarah but for those of you who don't, enjoy the read.....
One of the challenges we encountered with the new James Bennett website was how to manage our Book Award pages - particularly with so many industry awards! The number of subcategories of awards also made it a little difficult to work through an appropriate design and navigation path for libraries visiting our site. As such, we thought you would appreciate this helpful guide to viewing our Award Pages.
As many of our customers know, we have a database approaching some 10 million titles. With the growth in ebooks, formats, and Print on Demand (POD) titles (including scanned documents and facsimile editions of varying degrees of quality), we have to continously monitor the incoming bibliographic data feeds, "protection rules" and "exclusions" for our customers. We work on getting the mix right so things like book spinners and other POS materials for retailers are not shown in JBO but sometimes those ISBNs pass right by us no matter how hard we try to implement solid business rules for data. But there's an easy way to identify the right products for your library.
James Bennett has a distribution arm called Inbooks. Inbooks was formally created in July 2004 and became it's own business unit at that time. Inbooks represents dozens of presses, predominantly university, scholarly, and specialist presses to the ANZ book trade. They work on a separate system to James Bennett and have different sales, marketing and customer service teams. Libraries receive extremely competitive pricing on all of our agency titles and we hold inventory in our Brookvale premises.
One of the advantages of being part of the James Bennett business is the access to libraries with the wonderful LIS lists represented by Inbooks - Facet Publishing, ALA, Neal Schuman, Libraries Unlimited and more. To help support and promote new releases from these LIS presses, James Bennett set up a dedicated mailing list for customers wanting to know more about LIS releases. You can update your James Bennett e-newsletter subscription next time you receive something from us or you can contact Marketing to ensure you're added to the Library Science newsletter.
We also feature occasional LIS titles on The Bennett Blog. As the blog as now moved to this new website (isn't it fabulous?) you'll find alerts and news from us here. Of course if you want to see the original you can still find it here.
One of the books we want to highlight for libraries is a new one from Facet Publishing called Read to Succeed: Strategies to engage children and young people in reading for pleasure. Edited by Joy Court, the book reflects the impact libraries can have in growing readers for the future.
About the Book
This much-needed book provides valuable evidence of successes so far both nationally and internationally, and offers ideas for future development as well as inspiration for current practice. An edited collection contributed by expert practitioners, it covers all aspects of promoting reading to and with children and young people from birth right through to teenage years, including the following key topics:
Some of you may recall my reaction when it was first suggested that James Bennett needed a blog! Nine months ago we set up The Bennett Blog and in my first post I asked: