Backlist Is King: Brash Books | Publisher Profile

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“The Field of Dreams model doesn’t necessarily work,” says Brash Books cofounder Joel Goldman (below, left). “If you write it, they won’t necessarily buy it.” That’s where Brash Books, a crime fiction publishing company that Goldman and cofounder Lee Goldberg (below, right) launched in September 2014, comes in. Currently heavily weighted toward backlist titles, Brash Books offers a unique take on the traditional publishing model.

Not Your Usual Suspects | Genre Spotlight: Mystery

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As LJ’s 2015 materials survey of U.S. public libraries (LJ 2/15/15) confirms, crime fiction remains one of the biggest draws for readers, with the genre continuing to dominate fiction circulation in print and ebook formats. Besides the armchair pleasures of following favorite sleuths as they solve a complex puzzle, mystery readers also enjoy exploring new territories and perspectives outside the borders of their own lives.

Graphic Novels from Millar/Quitely, Moreci & Co., Patton/Cannon, plus 25 Years of D&Q | Xpress Reviews

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A veritable Drawn & Quarterly encyclopedia; Jupiter’s Legacy is well wrought, unnecessary, and just compelling enough to recommend; Roche Limit is a bit disturbing but a strong work; looking at philosophy can be a stimulating delight

Fiction Galore from Baldacci, Barnes, Corbett, Humphreys, Hunter, & Shalvis | Xpress Reviews

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A complex thriller from Baldacci, Barnes’s latest is a great read, Humphreys’s World War II novel is a good choice, Hunter rips into Jack the Ripper, Marcus pens a novel of weight and heart, Parry’s debut will appeal, Shalvis is irresistible

Asian History, April 2015 | Best Sellers

August 2014 to date as identified by YBP Library Services

E-Original from Cole, Book 2 in the “Off the Grid” Series | Xpress Reviews

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Cole brings a darker plotline to book two in her “Off the Grid” series. Our reviewer “can’t wait to see where she goes with Book 3″

The “New” University, Life of Indra Nevi, Political Power of Music, Plus Pro Media, Paris Memoirs | Social Sciences Reviews, April 15, 2015

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An extensively investigated explanation of the strengths and limitations of contemporary higher ed, the so-called “first lady of yoga,” moving true stories with the historical backdrop of the Arab-Israeli conflict, Palfrey leads libraries into the future.

Environmentalist Goulson, a “No-Sweat” Weight Loss Guide, Food Allergies, Tech Giant Elon Musk, & More | Science & Technology Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Goulson woos readers with a personable tale, Segar’s motivational manual to self-care and sustainable change, Vance chronicles Elon Musk’s huge impact on multiple companies, an excellent resource on the history of health research.

A Thriving Print Scene | Best Magazines 2014

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Even as the digital shift continues, print magazines remain a vital part of a multilayered, interconnected media marketplace. The new magazines launched in 2014 display publishers’ appreciation of, and commitment to, the value of the printed page. Mediafinder.com reported that 190 magazines were launched in 2014, compared to 185 in 2013. Last year also saw the closure of 99 titles, as opposed to the 56 that ceased in 2013.

Military Leaders, Gambling in America, Short Takes, & More | Reference Reviews, April 15, 2015

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A collection of short biographical sketches of the world’s most famous (and infamous) military leaders; help for novice cooks; a look at technological advances in gaming, current legislation regulating the industry, and world gambling.

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