Vital Source Technologies, the e-textbook division of Ingram Content Group, has signed an agreement to provide its services to Brazilian scientific, technical and professional publisher GEN Grupo. The companies already have started to convert GEN Grupo's catalog of 3,500 titles into digital formats. Vital Source's platform is used on some 6,000 campuses around the world.
Nashville-based HarperCollins Christian Publishing Inc. announced Monday plans to expand WestBow Press, its self-publishing alliance between HarperCollins and Author Solutions, a unit of Penguin Random House.
Author Solutions and Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins, formed WestBow Press in 2009 to offer a publishing alternative to new authors. Seeking to expand on WestBow Press' talent discovery, the group will now provide a self-publishing services division for the Zondervan publishing group, also a division of HarperCollins.
“By expanding WestBow Press to support Zondervan in addition to Thomas Nelson, we are able to provide the WestBow authors with even more opportunities to be acquired by traditional publishers,” said Pete Nikolai, director of publishing services and manager of WestBow Press for HarperCollins Christian Publishing. “We regularly suggest top WestBow Press titles to the acquisition teams at Thomas Nelson and will now do the same for the teams at Zondervan.”
WestBow Press will begin working with both publishing houses immediately and will present manuscripts to all HarperCollins Christian Publishing teams.
Cool Springs media company CML Entertainment has partnered with Morgan James Publishing out of New York to launch a book imprint that plans to unveil nine titles this fall. Although CML has its roots in the Christian entertainment business, this collaboration will focus on projects "cultivating and nurturing strong character through true-life examples of courage and honor."