Don't tell me the truth about Amazon

In a letter to its membership posted last week Oren Teicher, chief executive of the American Booksellers Association, has urged his members to use their trusted voices to tell their customers the truth about Amazon. He writes: "You and your bookselling colleagues know the real narrative of the Amazon story, but it’s important that we keep in mind the viewpoint and experience of our customers. Read more »

The DoJ looks to re-write the e-book marketplace

The Department of Justice's e-book price-fixing case took an a curious turn last week when the Department of Justice sought to re-write the settlement agreements already ratified by the New York court by introducing harsher terms for the final defendant Apple that would impact everyone. Read more »

Book apps or ibooks?

A few facts to begin with: Apple’s App Store started in 2008 (at that time for iPhone 3GS and iPod) and since 2010 the App Store is also available on the iPad. One of its biggest categories is ‘books’. Since 2010 there is an iBookstore as well.  Read more »

Apple's risky business

Amid all the big news happening this week, you'd be forgiven for missing this important blog/ announcement from Dave Addey at app developme Read more »

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Trial and marginalisation

The Apple e-book price fixing case is a curious side-show for an industry that is already looking beyond the first generation e-book marketplace. The picture emerging from the Manhattan courtroom though is not one of publishers actively colluding, but one of senior executives rail-roaded into accepting deals that they themselves now admit were probably not in their own best interests. If there was chatter between them (and there was), it seems to have come from a collective sense of nervousness, rather an effort to negotiate together. Read more »

Book industry: stop moaning and be creative | @tom_chalmers

There was much applauding following the Booksellers’ Association’s call for the government to support bookshops against the looming giant of Amazon, which followed the French Government’s announced financial support of its bookshops.   Read more »

In response to Agent Orange

I am not so much a dyed in the wool as a tattooed in the lambshank self-publisher. I have turned down publishers for my last two books and will continue to do so (albeit appreciatively) as long as they are daft enough to come looking. So when several people on Facebook directed me to Agent Orange’s post, I was all set to join the cheerleading. Read more »

From format war to sustainability fight

History is repeating itself. The developments we currently see with e-books, are in fact not new. In the early eighties there was a battle between the image carriers Betamax, VHS and Video 2000. VHS won, reportedly because the porn industry embraced this format, even though Betamax had a much better quality. Not long after that, there was a similar battle in the computer world: between the CD-ROM and CD-i. The CD-i lost the battle, because it was too expensive (both the player and the discs), but also because there was a lot more content available on CD-ROM’s. Read more »

Ten challenges to innovation in publishing

Ahead of last year’s FutureBook Innovation Workshop, we published our ‘ten challenges to innovation in publishing’.  Nearly one year on, what are the new challenges to publishers when it comes to digital innovation? At the FutureBook Innovation Workshop in Association with The Literary Platform speakers will be demonstrating how they are currently dealing with some of these challenges – but here are some outline thoughts ahead of the event.  Read more »