More From the Crow's Nest

Following on from my discussions with Andrew Robinson, then leader of the Pirate Party UK, I have had a brief exchange with his successor, Loz Kaye. Thanks to both for being prepared to come to what is surely foreign territory and give their views.

I have - as you might imagine - questions and disagreements I'd love to pursue, but that's a conversation which will run and run over the next few decades. So here you are: more from the Crow's Nest. Read more »

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Blog/Review name: A Bit Of Dash Read more »

The agency question

No prizes for guessing that the question I am currently being asked more than any other is whether the agency e-book sales model is legal.

The simple answer is that an agency arrangement, where publisher appoints agent to sell e-books on publisher's behalf at prices determined by publisher, can be legal. However, the arrangement must avoid certain potential pitfalls to comply with competition laws. Read more »

FutureBook 2010 Conference: Fully booked

I'm thrilled to say our digital conference FutureBook 2010 is now fully booked. It sold out in 10 days. Many thanks to our great line-up of speakers and 'Question Time' panellists who have made this happen. We have started a waiting list, please email for more information. Read more »

Keeping sight of your target market

Denise Dwyer, Development Officer Access to Publishing at RNIB talks us through what publishers should be considering: a big political memoir was published recently to lots of comment and column inches. The day after publication I came across a post on an online forum by a keen reader who is blind. He would have loved, he said, to have been able to buy an electronic version of the book the previous day, so he could read it at the same time as everyone else and join in the debate. Read more »

Publishers should be stirred, but not shaken by Bond move

The news that the Fleming estate is to cut out the book publisher Penguin with a deal to make Ian Fleming's 14 James Bond books available digitally direct to consumers shows just how fragile the current publishing structure really is. Read more »

Ebook economies of scale

Tim Spalding from LibraryThing writes provocatively about what will happen to the industry as ebooks make up an increasing proportion of our sales. In particular, he's interested in the feedback effects that kick in as ebook sales go up - leading to an ever-higher ebook proportion. Read more »

Ready, steady, agency

And so finally, almost six weeks after Hachette embarked on its "short" transition to agency terms, Amazon has acquiesced.

A short note next to Kindle Editions published by Hachette, Penguin and HarperCollins now reads: "This price was set by the publisher." Read more »

If your library was on fire, what would you save?

Bethan Ruddock, Content Development Officer, Library and Archival Services at Mimas, The University of Manchester has very kindly agreed to have her blog on the future of libraries posted on (originally posted on Internet Librarian International). In Bethan's words: Read more »

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