About John Bryans

John B. Bryans is Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the book publishing divisions of Information Today, Inc. (ITI) and its sister company, Plexus Publishing, Inc. Since 1979 John has worked in book publishing as an editor, book packager, and publisher. He began his career in the world of New York mass-market publishing, specializing in historical fiction and popular nonfiction before moving into technology publishing in the late 1980s. In 1995, at Online Inc., he launched CyberAge Books—a popular line of titles for online searchers, librarians, and business information professionals. In 1998 ITI acquired CyberAge Books and John joined the ITI staff on the edge of the Pine Barrens in rural southern New Jersey. Currently, he acquires and edits books and ebooks in diverse genres including library and information science and technology, cyberculture, education and careers in the information professions, educational technology, knowledge management, networking and customer engagement, indexing, and clinical research, and—regionally for southern New Jersey—mystery and suspense, history, nature and the environment. In 2001 he acquired and published Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson, which inspired an Emmy-winning dramatic series on HBO and became the publisher's first New York Times bestseller.

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The Extreme Searcher Rides Again…?

ITI has just published the 4th edition of Ran Hock’s terrific book, The Extreme Searcher’s Internet Handbook:  A Guide for the Serious Searcher.

Publication of Ran’s handbook is always a cause for celebration around here–in part because “the Extreme Searcher” is one of our favorite people, but also because the book always gives us a big boost sales-wise. All 3 earlier editions have ranked among our bestsellers and I’m sure it will be no different this time around. Needless to say, the book is excellent–a must-read for internet searchers who want to go beyond Google (or at least to make the most of Google, if they refuse to use anything else).

I thought it would be fun to look at the cover art from all 4 editions and offer complimentary copies of the new edition to the first 3 responders who can identify 2 things about the 4th edition cover art that mark a significant departure from the 3 earlier versions.  Continue Reading →

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Now in the Pipeline –The New Digital Scholar

I’m excited about this book, the brainchild of editors Randall McClure and Jim Purdy (with great support from ASIST series editor Sam Hastings). And I like the cover by one of ITI’s best designers, Lisa Conroy.

This title is just starting on its journey here. The ms has been accepted, but publication is many months off.

Please, be honest: what do you think of the whole package–title/subtitle and cover design? Do we have a winner here or is it just my imagination? (Does the presentation make you want to know more? Will anyone buy it?)

I’m away on vacation starting next week, but when I get back my intention is to start using the books blog to share this kind of early pipeline info–if you’re interested. (I want feedback!)

Wish me luck in the north woods.

The New Digital Scholar

The New Digital Scholar


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Our authors at SLA

Great to see so many of our book authors in Chicago for SLA, including David Shumaker (the new kid), Heather Hedden, Ulla de Stricker, Robin Neidorf, Mary Ellen Bates, Jane Dysart, Paula Hane, and Marcy Phelps. (Hope I didn’t miss anyone.) Looking for a few new authors while I’m here–so far, so good!

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