The Road to Discoverability Part 1 – Metadata, SEO and Serendipity

I was asked to chair a panel at Tools of Change conference last week on Discoverability and it was a theme that emerged time and again across the whole of Frankfurt Book Fair. I thought I’d share the research I did beforehand with links to useful articles.   Read more »

5 things that could change the digital landscape as we know it...

 

I'm putting my professional reputation on the line but here are 5 things that could significantly alter the digital landscape as we know it. And yes, that is a video for Myspace.

1. Myspace.  Read more »

Brightline, Big City

News comes out of New York overnight that Brightline, yet another new publisher, has entered the e-book market. Read more »

State of play in Italy.

According to AIE (the Italian Publishers Association), in Italy e-books represent 4.4% of all the titles published, accounting for a total of 13 million Euro in 2011. This data, presented at the 2012 edition of the Turin International Book Fair, seems encouraging, but the e-book sales revenue is still only the 1% of the total of trade turnover. Read more »

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 »

What can digital do for us? Think big

In Penny Marshall's 1988 film, Big, the twelve-year-old protagonist, Josh Baskin, is turned away from a carnival ride for being too short. Later, standing in front of a fortune teller machine, Josh makes a wish to be big. This being Hollywood, he awakes the next day in the body of a thirty-year-old man (Tom Hanks).
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Multi-touch E-books vs Apps

Have you heard the noise about iBooks Author (iBA) recently? Apple are keen for publishers to use this to create beautiful multi-touch books within the iBookstore. Simply (or not so simply) add widgets and your book can include slideshows, videos and dynamic 3-D animation. Read more »

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 »