Bookbuilders of Boston is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together people involved in book publishing and manufacturing throughout New England. Our blog describes industry events that we sponsor or attend.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Bookbuilders 2012 Holiday Party

Switching things up this year, Bookbuilders held a holiday cocktail party at Petit Robert Central in Downtown Crossing.

Carolers in Downtown Crossing

The change to a smaller venue and scaled-down event was appropriate for the times. Appetizers were hot and plentiful, and the service was terrific.

A $30 ticket price made it possible for many to attend on December 12, and the most notable feature of the party for me was the range of attendees. I spoke with several "newbies"--two of whom received Bookbuilders scholarships in the spring, and all of whom landed their first jobs in publishing just months ago. Founded in 1937, Bookbuilders continues to attract new members!

I also spoke with a former president of one of Boston's biggest publishing houses who later established several successful start-ups. Another Bookbuilders board member introduced us, and we are always happy to do this.

It was also very nice to see several printer representatives visiting from out of town. The Wednesday timing made this convenient, since New England trips can be scheduled for the business week around the party.

We are always working to make events accessible, fun, and productive. If you have comments on this or any Bookbuilders function, please feel free to comment below.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Bookbuilders Summer Networking on the Common

On the last Wednesday in July, Bookbuilders gathered on sunny Boston Common for a potluck casual networking event. Shakespeare in the Park followed for those who could attend.
At the various times that I have been on the hunt for a new job, I've adhered to a self-imposed rule: every day, try something new. A new job board, a new alumni group, a new resume, etc. If networking on the Common had been an option, it would have been a no-brainer in that strategy. Happy faces, good food, and Vitamin D followed by free entertainment! 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Spring 2012 Bookbuilders Events

The 55th Annual New England Book Show will be held on May 2, 2012, and we encourage members and nonmembers to attend. Join us at Boston Symphony Hall for this signature Bookbuilders event—free viewing of award winners from 4:00-5:30, followed by a dinner and celebration from 6:00-9:00 with networking and edibles. Members: be sure to take advantage of the early-bird member discount, which ends tomorrow, April 25th ($55 versus $65 after the deadline). This promises to be an elegant and memorable show.

If you missed the March 29th forum on DRM and e-piracy, we’re happy to pass along some of the Internet buzz that followed. From Chirpstory, read notes taken live as the presentation unfolded. From Appazoogle, read one audience member’s thoughtful take on this exciting topic.  Join us again for educational events in the fall, when basic seminars resume. These are all free events—open to the public and sure to inform!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Digital Rights Management and E-Piracy Panel Discussion

On Thursday, March 29, Bookbuilders and the Emerson College Publishing Club present a free panel discussion on Digital Rights Management and E-Piracy.

The forum takes place at the Emerson College Bordy Theater, 216 Tremont Street in Boston, from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. We are excited to announce our three speakers, representing a diverse collection of publishing industry perspectives.

  • Jake Furbush, Digital Publishing Manager at the MIT Press, is tasked with overseeing the production and distribution of digital content, as well as the maintenance of in-house initiatives like CISnet—an online collection of titles in the information and computer sciences—and the Press’s own ebook program. Jake began his career as a member of the sales department at Harvard University Press and is happy to be back in academic publishing. 
  • Adam Witwer, Director of Content and Publishing Operations at O'Reilly Media, oversees the company's Publishing Services division. He manages print, ebook/digital development, video production, and manufacturing. Adam managed the O’Reilly production department’s transition to an XML-based workflow. In the process, he became an expert in the challenges of publishing to multiple sources and formats from a single source. He now focuses on ebook development at O'Reilly and thinking about the next generation of books.
  • Skott Klebe, Information Security Manager at Copyright Clearance Center, has worked in copyright and licensing technology for more than fifteen years, leading the development of some of the largest licensing systems in the world. Skott was the architect of RightsLink, Copyright Clearance Center’s point-of-content licensing system, and is the inventor on several patents in the fields of content and licensing. He speaks regularly at publishing industry events on topics including copyright, technology, and disruption in the ebook marketplace.
The forum will include a robust Q&A session. We ask that you register in advance to attend at, and we look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, February 9, 2012

February CNE at OM Restaurant and Lounge

Being young in the ways of publishing and networking, I find that I get butterflies in my stomach before I go to an event, interview or any other semi-professional environment. It's a brand new chapter in life and I am only a couple pages in, but the Bookbuilder events have made the jump fun and comfortable.

Conversation is made easy by such a friendly and engaging atmosphere. Whether you are interested in editorial, production, design,  freelancing, copyright, or something else there is sure to be someone to talk to and learn from. And making new connections is as easy as turning to the person next to you.

So, whether you want to meet people, find a job, or just talk shop in a friendly atmosphere, the event is perfect. Who knew that casual and networking were such a perfect fit? They go together like peanut butter and jelly - you could have them separately but it's so much better when they're together.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

I have a friend who says that I remind her of Jackie O, because I work in publishing. 

Jackie worked at Viking and Doubleday, but the connection is still a HUGE reach. I allow my friend to maintain this glamorous fiction, however, because I like to think that if Jackie O worked in Boston publishing today, she would attend our networking events. (Plus, I do have a pair of oversized sunglasses.)

My husband, on the other hand, imagines that the networking events resemble the scenes in Moneyball when player trades are discussed: I have two freelance recommendations and some information about ePub in exchange for your full-timer referral. This is also a reach, but local professionals looking for work or services know that CNEs are the place to be. The discussions are not always so serious or direct (no player recommendations from Jonah Hill), but they are meaningful.

We welcome you to attend the next CNE event on Weds., February 8, at OM Restaurant in Cambridge. It would be hard to find a more supportive and friendly group, and it's important to engage no matter what the stage of your career. Visit to register ... see you soon!

Four Webinars from Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

CCC is a new Bookbuilders of Boston member. To learn about this copyright resource on the North Shore, why not check out one of their upcoming webinars for rightsholders? The hosts are my colleagues, so please be sure to let them know where you learned about these events.

Automate Your Online Permissions, Reprints and Author Programs
Monetizing Content in a Sophisticated Digital World
Follow the links for more information on each presentation, or simply comment on this blog post.