Futurebook 2010 Conference. 30th November, Congress Centre, London

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Nine months ago I was given the enviable job of putting the programme together for The Bookseller’s digital conference Futurebook 2010. If timing is everything, then there really couldn’t be a better time to be doing this. Read more »

Book blogger and reviewer listing.

The book industry is becoming increasingly aware that engaging with a passionate group of book-loving bloggers and reviewers is an integral part of a successful digital marketing campaign. As Maura Brickell of Headline rather brilliantly described here: http://futurebook.net/content/case-study-headline-discuss-using-social-media-pr Read more »

Kindle adds book lending. Sort of.

Amazon have announced that they will be letting Kindle users loan ebooks to other Kindle users. Although this has been trumpeted in some corners as a major innovation, Barnes & Noble have of course been offering this for some time on their Nook ereader. Read more »

As the US ebook market develops, UK publishers may find some sales growth

Seasoned digital observers will no doubt recognise the title of this blog as relating to a piece written by digital sooth-sayer Mike Shatzkin, exhorting US publishers to look to Europe as a potential new market for US digital editions. Mike wrote that "the cumulative opportunity for US publishers to develop incremental revenues from what have been very quiet parts of their list will surely grow". Indeed. Europe is is pretty big place, and some people there even speak English. Read more »

Publishing savagery

Next month we (by which I mean The Friday Project, the imprint I run at HarperCollins) publish In Praise of Savagery by Warwick Cairns as an ebook. Bully for you I hear you cry. All very modern but nothing too unusual there, I grant you. Read more »

End of the gold rush

Neil Ayres is Web Director for Creative Review magazine and the author and producer of The New Goodbye, he gives his view on some changes he anticipates: While the fortunes of many people and publishers have been on the wane over the last couple of years, one group has been doing pretty well out of the uncertainty of the digital publishing market and the rise an Read more »

Hurry Up, Please, It's Time

Adrian Hon has it right in this morning's Telegraph: time's up Read more »

Amazon goes public against agency pricing

Amazon.co.uk has finally broken its silence on the transition to the agency model in the UK adopting a similar strategy to that seen in the US earlier this year. Quietly agree to the new terms while publicly spinning against them. Read more »


The Magic Concept of Layers

Neal Hoskins of Winged Chariot recently spoke at The Bookseller's Children's conference.  He talks us through his new app and how the use of a device's features can enhance the story: In the fast pace of the digital world, I often feel we are starting to overlook the central most important part of our work - The Story.

Apps, ebooks, code and web features are only as good as the stories that they hold inside them. Read more »

E-readers reviewed: Kindle 3

Anthony Gladman, Editor at Taylor & Francis Books gives us his review of Kindle 3: With the launch of the Kindle 3 and the UK’s own version of Amazon’s Kindle store, it seems we’ve reached a tipping point for ebooks. Of course ebooks have been around for ages, especially in academic publishing, but it’s only now that they look set to expand into the general reading market. Given that, it seemed untenable to work in publishing and not to have experienced this important development first hand, so just a couple of weeks ago I finally caved in and ordered one. Read more »

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