December 10, 2023

Librarian-Publisher Dialog: Katie Dunneback Talks to Josh Marwell of HarperCollins

Make the time to read public library ebook maven Katie Dunneback’s recent interview with HarperColllins’ V-P of Sales, Josh Marwell.

As BookSmack! and LJ Book Review Editor Heather McCormack observes:

“To his credit, Marwell has made himself highly visible at regional and national conventions in the wake of the 26 loan cap announcement (he was also the only publisher to respond to Francine Fialkoff and Brian Kenney’s editorial last fall about ebooks in libraries).

As a result, of course, he’s taken most of the heat. No less than author J.A. Konrath tossed a barb at HarperCollins at Digipalooza last month in Cleveland. On a publishers panel there, Marwell maintained his cool as well as his position that the cap is not cemented and that communication lines remain open—librarians need only place a call, turn out a tweet, or send an email ( .

As is evident in Dunneback’s conversation, the theme of openness continues.”

Read more: Librarian-Publisher Dialog: Katie Dunneback Talks to Josh Marwell of HarperCollins.

Barbara Genco About Barbara Genco

After a long career in collection management at Brooklyn Public Library, and a decade as their Director of Collection Development, Barbara Genco joined Library Journal in fall 2009 as Editor, Collection Management. Follow her on Twitter @BarbaraAGenco.