A second-hand life in digital

It is well established that second-hand sales of books in volume form do not infringe copyright.  Nor do second-hand sales seem to be an undue threat to publishers, perhaps because dog-eared second-hand copies are less attractive to purchasers.  But what about e-books, where a digital file copied to another computer is a perfect copy? Read more »

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#PorterMeets Alice Ryan

When everyone sits down to the midnight feast this weekend at FutureBook Hack in the University College London’s Roberts Building, they can toast, among others, one Alice Ryan. The conference and community manager for The Bookseller is certainly managing some major community now, a collective of more than 100 developers, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, coders, programmers, marketers, and (my favorite) “people who like to think differently.” Read more »

Beaming the Future

Using Science Fiction to Warp-Drive Innovation

With just days to go before the FutureBook Hack, I’ve been struck by a conversation we had at the FutureBook editorial board when we discussed the notion of what other industries could learn from the book biz. And it strikes me that our storytelling prowess is exactly what many industries need right now. Read more »

Weird science

Tracking the size and growth (or contraction) of the publishing industry is a lot like guessing how many pennies there are in the jar at a village fete. The pennies are technically there for all to see, but because they're behind glass you have to rely on guesswork.

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Publishing's southerly migration at BEA

And gnashing of teeth

"The sound of silence" has never muted the industry! the industry! Read more »

Responsive versus Adaptive Design

There are two key design approaches for the modern website. Both have pros and cons and a few considerations: Read more »

The sound of silence

The continuing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette show how much heat can be generated from so little information. The known facts are these: Amazon has downgraded some Hachette Book Group USA titles as the duo tussle over new terms agreements. The assumption is that Hachette’s revised agency contract, as dictated to by the Department of Justice, and put in place two years ago, is now up for re-negotiation. Read more »

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