Why we try to maintain a stance of neutrality

Today is July 21st. It marks the day when Belgium separated from the Netherlands in 1831 and it is a Public holiday (one of the 12) in Belgium. Liberation day in Guam is also celebrated on July 21st. It is also National Junk Food Day.

Last week I visited Washington DC. The first visit was Kramerbooks in Dupont Circle which was one of Frank’s and Nadya’s (our CEO’s) favorite bookshops:

DCHH_KramerbooksAfterwardsCafeGrill_1335829578There were many political books as the political election season is still in full gear here in the United States. I would recommend anybody visiting DC to go to this charming little bookstore. I also visited the White House which was much smaller than I thought and the Washington National Cathedral like a true tourist. We also went to a few restaurants, including Ankara. Every Sunday morning there is a farmer’s market open in Dupont Circle until 12. It was one of the best I’ve been to and I do recommend it. Farmer’s Market.

But back to work. Yesterday, an author called and asked what we liked about his article. As Publishers, we try to maintain a stance of neutrality on what we publish. I replied that it isn’t so much about what we like or don’t like about an author’s research, but rather we are looking for quality and potential impact that an article or book might have. My personal opinion doesn’t matter. I might (theoretically) not believe in global warming, for example. But we’ve published many, many books on global warming (i.e., climate change). They are good books and sold well. So as a good journalist tries to maintain a neutral voice, so do we.

Some other questions we received this week that I would like to address:

  1. Are our books on Kindle? No, not yet. Once you upload your book(s) to Kindle, we (as a Publisher) are not allowed to distribute them through any other channels.
  2. Are our books available in XML? No, we only provide the old-school PDF at the moment.
  3. Do you provide eBook collections? Yes, see here – eBook Collections
  4. When will you have a new website? We are working on it as quickly as possible. This is a priority for NOVA. When I have additional information, I will provide it.
  5. Will you be attending the Frankfurt Book Fair? Yes.
  6. Will you be attending the Beijing Book Fair in August? No, not this year.

We are getting some great testimonials in as well and would like to share these with you. They will be updated weekly: Testimonials

Other: We will be partnering with http://www.conferenceseries.com for the 6th World Nursing and Healthcare Conference in London. We haven’t chosen the books yet but they will be posted here once chosen.

Finally, as it interests some people, here is a list of the books that were announced this week:

Leveraging Community-University Engagements for Social Impact with Lifelong Penchants

Open Cell Foams as Substrates for the Design of Structured Catalysts, Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Supported Asymmetric Membranes

Staphylococcus aureus: Infections, Treatment and Risk Assessment

Disinfectants: Properties, Applications and Effectiveness

Advances in Medicine and Biology. Volume 106

Advances in Nanotechnology. Volume 16

Advances in Psychology Research. Volume 117

Artificial Neural Networks: New Research

Ceramic Materials: Synthesis, Performance and Applications

Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): Properties, Functions and Health Effects

Mango: Production, Properties and Health Benefits

North Korea: Political, Economic and Social Issues

Progress in Education. Volume 41

Protein-Protein Interactions (PPIs): Types, Methods for Detection and Analysis

Robotics: New Research

Wishing everyone a great week!

Warm regards,