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The New Books Network is a consortium of author-interview podcast channels dedicated to raising the level of public discourse by introducing scholars and other serious writers to a wide public via new media. Covering 100+ subjects, disciplines, and genres, we publish 50 to 75 episodes every week. The NBN reaches about a million people every month; NBN listeners download close to 5 million episodes a month. The NBN is staffed by Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Marshall Poe, and Co-Editor Leann Wilson. Feel free to contact either one of us for more information. (Authors and publicists, find out how to pitch us here.)
The NBN’s Editorial Policy
The best way to think about the NBN’s editorial policy is to think of the NBN as a bookstore. The NBN itself does not authorize books or endorse anything said in them. In that sense, we are strictly viewpoint neutral. Rather, like a bookstore, we make the viewpoints of authors available to the public. When we publish an interview, we are not saying “This is a good book” (though it usually is). Instead, we are saying “Here is a book by serious author whose viewpoint you may or may not agree with. Listen in, and decide for yourself.”
How We Pick the Books We Cover
On the NBN, the hosts pick the books covered, not the editor. The reason for this policy is that we believe the hosts, who are always subject specialists themselves, know best what the audience of their specific channel needs and wants to learn about. The hosts–experts all–bring their expertise to the selection process in a way an editor never could. The editor of the NBN is, therefore, more of a publisher than an editor in the traditional sense. The NBN “editor” enables the hosts to interview the authors they select and then makes those interviews available to the public.
Some Legal Stuff and Licensing
None of the materials produced by the New Books Network may be distributed or reproduced without the explicit permission of Marshall Poe, New Books Network. All the materials produced and distributed by the New Books Network are protected by copyright. If you would like to license NBN interviews for use in your business, please contact Marshall Poe.