Help, it’s la rentrée !!

It is the beginning of September and in bookshops, shelves are near collapsing under the sheer weight of future best-sellers. Of over four hundred books published, only a dozen will actually be successful. Read more »

FutureBook Innovation Awards - open for entry

Launched 2 years ago, the FutureBook Innovation awards are the most prestigious awards recognising publishing innovation. Last year we had 218 entries across 8 categories, with extremely high standards and inspiring products and innovation across the board. Read more »

Call for papers for FutureBook 2012 conference

The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 conference will be taking place on 3rd December in London. 

I don't need to tell regular FutureBook readers that 2012 has continued to see huge shifts in our industry. I think many of you were involved in these developments. Read more »

Of Fake Reviews and Fake Followers

[Crossposted with my blog at nickharkaway.com - it's a bit long and sprawling for here and I was only going to wallop you with a snippet, but hey - you're all grown ups, right? You can handle the verbiage.] Read more »

Music Industry Comparison: Part #8967 (sorry)

 

Yes, I know, I know, but let’s not worry about all the “is/isn’t the record industry a good comparison for books” stuff. None of it matters if a comparison is interesting, and whichever side of that interminable, pointless debate you fall it certainly is interesting. Read more »

What is a book worth?

We all love a good spat and the recent heckling of Stephen Leather at Harrogate has lots of terrific elements, but  above all though a very serious issue being given a public airing. Read more »

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All disruptive innovation starts somewhere

As has been increasingly discussed by digital creatives in the last year or so, and was publicly articulated recently by Nick Harkaway on this site, the paucity of genuine innovation within the publishing industry suggests that really disruptive innovation in the field will come from elsewhere.

I agree. Marshall McLuhan's reference to the fate of carriage makers in the age of the automobile now risks becoming a truism.

However, I am interested in making opportunities happen. Even if we have to give them a nudge every now and again. Read more »

Content is not a commodity

"Content is a commodity" has been a continual refrain in the debates over digital product and the future of the publishing industry. We're continually told that our stock-in trade is vanishing from beneath us and so we need to change radically, to become different sorts of companies. The problem is, this is just not true - content is not and never will become a commodity, at least not in the sense that the detractors mean it. Read more »

24 hours of #AuthorDay

Inspired by a tweet from Waterstones University of Birmingham asking about authors on Twitter, I decided to tweet a few of my favourites. In my opinion, authors are some of the best Twitter users. Giving, what can be a fairly solitary pursuit, an instant connection with fans, bookshops, librarians and publishing folk and a great way of conducting research for their books. Read more »

Women in digital publishing

Last Wednesday I spoke at an event called Women in Publishing, an organisation whose purpose is to ‘promote the status of women working in publishing and related trades by helping them to develop their careers’. Read more »