Looking ahead

As we head to FutureBook 2013, I wonder what will dominate the conversation. Amazon? Slowing e-book growth? Tablets? Start-ups?

Last week in The Bookseller I asked four FutureBook speakers what their preoccupations had been over the past 10 months. Their responses spoke of an industry confident in itself, but aware that in this digital age the ground under them is never still. Read more »

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Spot the innovator

Many people (including, I guess, most Futurebook readers) feel the publishing industry desperately needs innovation in many areas. But if publishing companies are poor at innovating themselves, which they clearly are in most cases, what do they do? Outsource innovation to tech giants like Amazon, Apple or Google, or to small, friendly startups?

A couple of pieces of news this week show some problems with this approach. In a DigitalBookWorld interview this week, Mike Shatzkin said: Read more »

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FutureBook 2013: Ashleigh Gardner Q&A

Ashleigh Gardner is head of content at Wattpad and a speaker at FutureBook 2013.

Is Wattpad’s method of crowdsource editing making authors an even more viable product, either for the self-publishing or traditional publishing market? Read more »

FutureBook 2013: Susan Jurevics Q&A

Susan Jurevics is c.e.o. of Pottermore and speaker at FutureBook 2013.

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How do you balance attracting new fans and re-engaging fans that are now a little bit older? Read more »

FutureBook 2013: Jonathan Glasspool Q&A

Jonathan Glasspool is m.d. of  for Bloomsbury Academic & Professional and speaker at FutureBook 2013.

Bloomsbury has made 10 acquisitions in the academic and professional space in the past five years. Can you tell us more about the thinking behind that strategy? Read more »

FutureBook 2013: Brad Stone Q&A

Brad Stone is senior journalist for Bloomberg BusinessWeek and speaker at FutureBook 2013.

You managed to penetrate Amazon’s culture of secrecy. Why do you think it is such a tight-mouthed company? Read more »

Plateauing is sometimes hard to do

Hachette's August e-book bump appeared to come as a surprise to some. The group reported earlier today that August was a “record-breaking month” in e-books for Hachette UK, with digital sales up 80% year-on-year.

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Bundles of Joy?

To bundle or not to bundle? For publishers working out the best way to sell their digital content, it is an increasingly important question. Read more »

The Self-publishing Conversation is Changing: Report from the 2013 Self-publishing Summit

This weekend, I had the pleasure of addressing New Generation Publishing's Self-publishing Summit. The conference was laid out to take you through the process of self-publishing, with panels that took you in order through a general survey, editing, production, and finally marketing. I had been asked to talk on the first panel, and then the summary panel at the end, so whilst other panelists came and went, I got a fascinating insight into the whole picture. Read more »

Stealth Sock Puppetry Returns to Amazon

After last year’s sock puppetry scandal it seems that some people are getting more inventive with their 'reviews' in a bid to harm sales of rivals' books at Amazon. And the sad thing is that Amazon is not prepared to do a thing about it. A case in example is a recent publication of ours 'Secrets of the Dead' by Michael Fowler. Read more »

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