lots of trips up to Oklahoma City,” where the museum collections were developed and the headquarters for the Hobby Lobby
chain, whose CEO, Stephen Green, founded the museum.
Editors looked over the artifacts and developed a line that will
ultimately include 75 books each year. “All of the books are
about furthering the mission of the museum,” she adds, in order
to “carry on the museum experience for those who visit.”
NAVAL INSTITUTE PRESS
The Naval Institute Press is known for many types of academic
and trade titles, the most prominent of which is likely The Hunt
for Red October—Tom Clancy’s first book, and the first novel from
the press—followed in short order by the Bluejacket’s Manual.
Now in its 25th printing, the manual is distributed to 50,000
U.S. Navy personnel annually. In recent years, however, the
press has radically expanded its publishing program, and is set
to launch a graphic novel imprint in fall 2018.
Founded in 1899, the press shared space for generations with
the Naval College Hospital at the U.S. Naval Institute in
Annapolis, Md. After facing difficulties stemming from the
2008 financial crisis, the press brought in a new CEO, retired
Vice Admiral Peter H. Daly, in 2011 to set a new course. “He
brought a level of energy, expertise, and connections we had not
seen,” says press director Rick Russell.
The staff of 20 now puts out 90 titles a year, including 50 in
simultaneous e-book format. Daly has sought donor support for
initiatives ranging from e-book development to oral histories
on strategic leadership, hiring historians to jump-start the leadership series. “We function now as a sophisticated defense media
company,” Russell says.
The press is now set to leap fully into the world of graphic
novel publishing with the as-yet-unnamed imprint. Gary
Thompson will serve as lead editor, bringing out full-length
fiction and nonfiction titles on history, memoir, biography, and
high-seas stories. Five titles will come out in time for Comic-Con
in October 2018, followed by 10–12 additional titles in 2019.
When Recorded Books, the predecessor company to RB Media,
was founded in 1978, its only business was audiotapes, and its
audience consisted of people on long commutes. Now nearing
its fourth decade, publisher Troy Juliar describes an “
overwhelmingly digital business, where people listen to audiobooks
more at home than in their cars.” After a flurry of acquisitions
in recent years, the newly rebranded RB Media is a leading force
in providing that digital content, with eight imprints that span
international markets and a wide array of content areas.
It is an unexpected turnaround for a company that struggled
to survive the 2008 financial crisis, but new management and
a rapid rise in audiobook sales has led to a resurgent company,
which largely regained its footing through acquisitions. Among
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