Unbound among the fans

Unbound is publishing’s answer to the question: ‘What happens when the computer says no, but the reader might say yes?’

Launched in 2011 by three authors—Crap Towns’ Dan Kieran, QI’s John Mitchinson and historian Justin Pollard—the publisher crowd-funds projects that would otherwise struggle to be published traditionally. Its biggest hit to date is Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note—whose funding target of £50,000 was over-subscribed (283%). The book, co-published with Canongate, has now sold 42,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s TCM. Read more »

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A perfect e-bookstore? "Maybe each one of us"

"To build our own vision of ebook nirvana"... It's not that Chris Kubica and his "perfect e-bookstore" associates didn't know the task was difficult. Read more »

#FutureChateau: Do authors really want to get along?

Join us each Friday when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community focuses on digital developments in publishing. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.  Read more »

Douglas Preston: On Amazon, Hachette, and Indie Authors

"We're not against Amazon. And we're not for Hachette at all."

Douglas Preston's new Gideon Crew novel with his longtime co-author Lincoln Child is titled The Lost Island. It's to be released Tuesday -- 5 August -- in both the UK and the States. Read more »

Altbookstores for different readers

Is it possible to build an e-book website to challenge Amazon on a crowd-sourced basis? We might be about to find out. Over the next two days in New York a team of about 20 volunteers will attempt to do precisely that. Led by Chris Kubica, a live stream of the event begins at 10am EST (3pm in the UK), with a Twitter hashtag of #altbookstore. Read more »

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Publishers must make a decision over subscription services

Last July 18th, Amazon officially announced the launch of its ebook subscription platform, Kindle Unlimited (KU). Read more »

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#FutureChat recap: A busy workout in the subscription debate

Join us each Friday when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community focuses on a topic in publishing and the digital dynamic. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. 


"There is much to unpack here."

That line from The Bookseller's Philip Jones in his lead editorial Friday may have been the understatement of the week. Read more »

#FutureChat: Can subscriptions pay off for all kinds of books?

Join us each Friday when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community focuses on a topic in publishing and the digital dynamic. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.

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BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

The shape-shifting factor in publishing: Subscriptions

With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing. Read more »

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