A couple weeks ago I got to attend a web meeting introducing us to the roles and goals of the publishing committee. There's a twelve point charge for the team! I'm not going to go through all twelve of them (and not just because I missed point 10 in my notes). Suffice it to say we review books to determine if they should stay in the catalog, propose books that should be added, collaborate with other committees (particularly the journals), and review proposals and manuscripts.
For my first task as a committee member I get to review old books (5n years old where n is a whole number) to decide if they should continue printing, update and print a new edition, or retire the book. We have a few guidelines but I'd love to hear what you're looking for in a book from NCTM. What makes a book feel outdated? When would you be willing to buy a book that's five or ten years old? Are there any topics where it seem like there are a million books all containing basically the same information? Are there any topics where you can't find any books to help you out?
I'm thinking about blogging some noticing and wondering as I go. Any of these books you want me to start with?
We have an in person meeting in August but I have contact info for some NCTM staff members and the other committee members so if you have any other questions or concerns about publishing at NCTM please let me know. We already asked about shipping and they're looking into offering a cheaper option. I'll update you as I get more info!