Scholastic Inc.

Spineless
January 1, 2003

After producing books that withstand decades of abuse, publishers are now shipping titles that hardly survive a week. New books from top imprints are falling apart days, weeks, or months after being delivered to libraries and schools. Pages peel away like sheets off a notepad. Cover stocks rip, revealing sleeves where spines used to be. Callused strips of glue crack apart with little coaxing. And surprisingly, even Smyth stitched titles are coming undone. "We order books once a month, and I noticed [new] books were starting to come apart," says John McManus, director of the Millinocket Memorial Library, in Millinocket, Me. "I thought

Dot-com Nation in the After Shock
May 4, 2001

When we think of business failure, we might imagine a ship sinking. In the vision, many of us are left standing by the shores watching the last mast go under. We may sigh in disbelief or disappointment. But the fact is that no matter what regret, sobriety or even puzzlement we experience amid the after shock, commerce operates along the lines of Darwin's "Survival of the Fittest." Do we really want to exist within a market that is saturated with weak links? It may work for TV game shows, but such a business model does not create legitimate success in either long- or short-term

Under Cover
April 20, 2001

On April 11, 2001, the 15th Annual New York Book Show, sponsored by the Bookbinders Guild of New York, was held in New York City at the 200 Club. According to Bookbinders Guild President Tracy Cabanis, the show was "as brilliant as always." Cabanis reports that 135 from more than 1,000 entries were chosen as winners of this year's competition for design, production and materials. She says, more than 800 publishers and suppliers attend the show annually. This year's Best-of-Show winners include: CHILDREN'S TRADE-PICTURE BOOKS, FICTION-BOOK First Place: Olivia, Atheneum/Anne Schwartz Books Second Place: Goldilocks and the Three Bears: A Tale