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.

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.

Everyday Healthy Pasta, Homemade Ice Cream, Ancient Grains, Plus Recipes from New England and Italy | Cooking Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Bilderback brings homemade ice cream to specialty-appliance-free ­kitchens, Henry offers budget-friendly and flavorful chicken recipes, Speck prepares satisfying whole-grain meals, celebrity chef Voltaggio’s cookbook is one readers will use.

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.

Scholarly Metrics | Reference eReviews, April 15, 2015

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THESE DAYS, scholarly metrics are a high-stakes game and a lot of effort is being directed toward finding relevant and credible methods to assess and present scholarship.

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.

To Download or Not To Download? | Games, Gamers, & Gaming, April 15, 2015

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Don’t let downloadable content scare you away from buying the latest hits for your circulating collection… the additional content breathes new life into old favorites.

Developing Creativity, Crafting Naturally, DIY Wardrobe Makeovers, Home Decorating | Crafts & DIY Reviews, April 15, 2015

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Guides to creativity, paper-pieced quilt patterns, hand-painted yarns, step-by-step walkthroughs for a variety of clothing repair and tailoring tasks, dwellings showcasing the skills used to create a comfortable home in a small space.

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