Wednesday, January 21, 2009

We're still here . . .

But the Horn Book, Inc. has a new owner. See details on our website.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

tactful silence on all sides! WHY/

Franki said...

Welcome Hornbook to Dublin, Ohio:-) If you ever have a business trip out this way, It is not Boston, but it is a great place to visit and we do have a very good children's bookstore:-)

Hope there are no big changes. We love the Hornbook and the blog as it is!

Mitali Perkins said...
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Mitali Perkins said...

You can still get snarky about a Guild pick, right? I'm keeping an eye on this -- if your stars start to correlate with their selections, I'm sending you a howler.

Roger Sutton said...

Well, Mitali, first we would need a baseline of how our stars have lined up with their choices in the past. Get to it ;-)

JLG sees books--manuscripts--probably six months to a year before we do. Whatever they choose goes automatically to their subscribers--if you subscribe, for example, to JLG's YA novel plan, you'll get a YA novel chosen by JLG every month. Reviews from HB and elsewhere have no effect on this process. The possibility of collusion only comes in after the fact, where the Horn Book could give starred reviews to JLG selections, thus making them look good in some generalized kind of way. Media Source has assured me they have no interest in Horn Book doing this, I imagine because a), it would undermine our value with our subscribers and b) because it would be so transparent as to be worthless.

But the perception a few people have seems to be that a good Horn Book review could make people buy a given book from JLG when in fact this is simply not possible. JLG customers are not buying books--they are buying a service that pre-selects books for them.

Anonymous said...

thanks for that reassuring explanation

Mitali Perkins said...

Whew, Roger, thanks. That makes sense. Let freedom ring.

Roger Sutton said...

And know, too, what I think this change of ownership does do for the Horn Book. Media Source has resources--financial and otherwise--we could only dream about, and they have deep experience with youth librarians in school and public libraries. They also have a sales force, something HB has never had before. This is a very good deal for us and has my complete enthusiasm.

Mitali Perkins said...

May I quote these two responses of yours on the Fire Escape? As the news breaks about Brian Kenney taking over at PW, spreading your take might ease any anxiety over our community losses after consolidation.

Roger Sutton said...

I'll join you on the Fire Escape anytime, Mitali. Go forth and quote.

Anonymous said...

Speakng of new owners - apparently Houghton and Harcourt are on the market. See today's Boston Globe. (Not sold yet but hoping for a taker.)