PR Fluff and Puff

We are all guilty of it. Terms such as 'hotly tipped literary sensation', 'bidding war bonanza' and 'the next JK Rowling' (Substitute any authors name you care for here, it depends on the genre – Stieg Larsson, Stephen King, EL James etc). These are no more than PR devices meant to engrain in the mind of the casual reader some element of worthiness to their next ‘must-have’ purchase. The same can be said to books which win awards. The reality is that even the Man Booker is no more than a bun fight in a tea shop. Read more »

The second wave

What do you do when digital adoption slows? Move on.

With e-book growth officially slowing now in both the US and UK, much of the talk at the pre-Frankfurt digital shows Publishers Launch and Contec was about where to go and what next? Read more »

Amazon in Japan

As Amazon moves into a leading position in Japan’s e-book landscape, desperate local publishers and booksellers are asking the country’s lawmakers for protectionist measures against the Seattle e-tailer. Read more »

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What editors are (really) for.

(This is a transcript of a memo found trapped in the lift doors of a major publishing conglomerate. I have been assured by the publishers that the reddish brown stain smeared across the edge of the original is not blood.)

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Blink

Devices are now part of our our bookish culture. It is hard now to imagine in the creation of any new book a scenario where there isn't at least one conversation about what device a piece of content might best work on. However, for most publishers right now that conversation might start and end with the Kindle, or its nearest e-ink competitor. Read more »

Two and a half thoughts on Amazon's Matchbook

Amazon's announcement on Tuesday of its new Matchbook offer, allowing customers to buy discounted digital versions of print books they’d previously bought from the retailer, is far from the first attempt to bring bundling to publishing. Read more »

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However hard I try to offer a balanced perspective on this market, I find myself once again back at Amazon, heaping praise on them. 

This weekend saw the launch of their first UK TV ad. Which is a minor triumph in itself. There are only so many Kindle ads with shiny happy Americans in bikinis us Brits can stomach.  Read more »

Startup profile - Glipho

What is your company name? 

Glipho.

Where are you based? Read more »

FutureBook Innovation Awards - open for entry

Excited to announce that the FutureBook Innovation awards are now open. Launched 3 years ago, the awards were the first of their kind to recognise publishing innovation. Read more »

How do you make money when everything is going free?

Stop worrying about the price of books, or music, or art, going to zero. It’s happening. It’s happened. There is no going back.

So now that we’ve accepted that, how do we answer the really interesting question of the twenty-first century: how do we take advantage of the unique, amazing features of a connected society to finance the profitable creation of art and culture? Read more »