Crowdsourcing questions for Kobo

We have started interviewing some key industry figures by crowdsourcing questions from our audience. Pieter Swinkels, director publisher & industry relations EU at Kobo Inc, has kindly agreed to this. If you'd like to find out more about Kobo then you can add your question as a comment or tweet it with an #askKobo hashtag. I'll then choose 6 or so questions and Pieter will respond to them in a blog here.
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Website review: Angry Robot Books

Book reviewer Amanda Rutter has kindly provided our first website review: When I read Sam’s article concerning the general weakness of publisher websites, I broadly agreed with the points that she made. Read more »

Anobii's CEO answers your questions

Anobii's CEO Matteo Berlucchi agreed to answer crowdsourced questions from Twitter (using #askAnobii) and this blog. Thanks Matteo. Crowdsourced interview, here:

Q: @Middle_Innes  What do you think is the most exciting thing Anobii will bring to the book industry in the next few years? #askanobii Read more »

Crowdsourcing questions for Anobii

I thought it might be fun to interview some key industry figures by crowdsourcing questions from our audience. Luckily for me, Anobii's CEO Matteo Berlucchi has agreed to kick this off. I thought this could work by either you adding your question as a comment or tweeting it with an #askAnobii hashtag. I'll then choose 6 or so questions and Matteo has agreed to respond to them in a blog here. How does that sound? Read more »

App review site & Twitter listing

Having your app reviewed is one of the keys to success in the app store. Here is a long list of app review Twitter accounts with their website links. If you work for one of these review sites and you'd like to give some more information, please get in touch. Also if you'd like to add one, email me twitter at Read more »

Publishers’ websites: the bad, the bad and the ugly.

Harsh? Perhaps, but you get my point? It seems to be a known known within the industry that many publishers’ websites are indeed both bad and ugly.

A few days ago I tested this view on the most responsive and clever people I know; publishing tweeps. I asked them if they felt that publishers’ websites were poor and if this was a general view of the book trade. Read more »

We are all postmodernists now

Author Gavin James Bower has written this post for FutureBook: The future of the book, if you believe the hype, hinges less on publishers and more on one of the retail and technology giants – Apple, Google, Amazon – dominating the space, both in terms of market share and platform.  Read more »

It’s tough to make predictions–especially about the future

John Mitchinson, co-founder of Unbound writes for FutureBook: I spent yesterday talking to authors about new book projects, learning some tricks about the dark art of search engine optimisation, and writing copy for an exciting new project we’re putting up on the Unbound site ( on Friday. Read more »

E-book bestseller chart with prices: 13th June 2011

Philip Stone, Charts Expert: Karen Slaughter's direct-to-digital ebook exclusive, The Unremarkable Heart, climbs to the top of this week's eBestseller list thanks to solid Kindle and iBookstore downloads. It has a "digital list price" of 56 pence according to Amazon, who have discounted it by 21% (12p), to just 44p. Apple are selling it somewhere in between the two - at 49p. Benjamin Daniels' Confessions of a GP returns to the Top 10 following a three-week hiatus while Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife charts thanks to its recent Orange Prize for Fiction win. Read more »

Review: The Waste Land iPad app

Rachael Beale has kindly reviewed The Waste Land iPad app for FutureBook: Rumours of the death of the enhanced ebook have been greatly exaggerated. While we wait for the EPUB3 standard to be finalised, adopted and developed for, book apps are continuing to emerge in the App Store, and none more eagerly anticipated - by me, at least - than Faber Digital's iPad app of The Waste Land. Read more »

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