Riding the Rift

Last week’s acquisition of virtual reality outfit Oculus by Facebook raises some interesting questions for the future of the book. Read more »

We need to talk about start-ups

Last week the reading platform Readmill announced that it was slipping into oblivion after failing to make a business case to funders for its continuation. Like too many publishing start-ups, Readmill floundered not because it wasn’t a good idea, well executed, but simply because it ran out of time. Read more »

Advocates of the book - stand up

The future is bright: the future is global. If the printing press enabled scalability - one book can reach many different readers - then digital means that the book is even more scalable in that demand can be satisfied straight away almost anywhere in the world. This is a tremendous opportunity for books and knowledge to spread in new ways, across new networks. A reader the other side of the world no longer has to wait for a book to be printed and distributed, or translated. They can download the book on first publication and have immediate access. Read more »


The e-book journey into China

Two weeks ago I talked about how India and China represented new growth areas for digital publishers, and how ePubDirect was setting up distribution deals in China. Here are some further thoughts. Read more »


From story to book and back again

1. THE BOOKLESS BOOK Read more »


Talking the talk

Anyone who has met her will know that Simon & Schuster's US chief executive Carolyn Reidy is not shy of speaking her mind. I interviewed her at Frankfurt some years ago and found myself wondering whether I should run ALL of the quotes she gave me. Read more »

What Penguin Random House isn't doing

Publishers are not short of advice from social media. But are they listening? My hunch is no. Read more »


Apple: Stop imposing your moral agenda on publishers and readers

Apple’s decision to ban the sale of a French novel because of its cover art is misguided, incoherent and wrong.

La Femme, by Bénédicte Martin and published by Editions des Equateurs, tackles women’s political and sexual emancipation. Its front cover is striking: a surreal, black-and-white image of a nude female morphing into a knife blade, by the artist Stéphane Rozencwajg. Read more »


The Parents’ Evening: 17th July 2026

Mrs Shaw : Well I’m pleased to say that William’s test results have improved considerably over the past year. As you are aware the school recently changed to AQuipp for all science and foreign language textbooks. It’s a very competitive market nowadays and it seems that their content optimisation systems have a far greater accuracy than DocuCom. Following the initial customisation morning, AQuipp have categorised William as an LVX3, so they’ve automatically tailored the syllabus and his homework to best harness his kinetic and aural strengths. Read more »


Authors! The future of the book is you

This is a piece that James McConnachie, editor of The Author, commissioned me to write for the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine. I agreed, not least because the magazine is only available in print. But James agreed I could publish it online. Read more »

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