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 »

One click publishing to the iPad? Not quite . . .

Ilex are an illustrated non-fiction publisher, and I run the photo list. We illustrated publishers are used to a certain level of abstraction; our projects leave our hands after months of careful crafting only to voyage out to the far east, stewarded by a production department and sales team who keep a great deal of the mucky business of making and selling books away from those who created them. The processes are time-honoured; everyone knows when the printers will finish, the boat will arrive, and the books will get to the warehouse. Not so publishing to tablets, especially the iPad. 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 »

Innovation from Outside the Publishing Industry – The Underground Bookclub

 This month has seen the launch of an app which is entrpreneural in nature and innovative in concept. Read more »

Educational Apps Aren’t Fun

I’m an Educational Publisher but I’m also a parent.  I have three children aged 7, 5 and 1.  The two eldest already possess Apple portable devices so I am pestered to purchase Apps for them both daily.  I have to admit it does make a long car journey more enjoyable to replace the bickering and screaming with the gentle sound of small fingers tapping glass.  I am therefore further motivated to buy more Apps. Now, I should also mention that my wife is a Primary school teacher and is therefore very engaged in our children’s learning. Read more »

Reader's Digest E-books on iBooks

Recently, the YUDU books team had the pleasure of working on some beautiful Reader's Digest e-books provided to us by Reader's Digest books. Read more »

Fallen agents - how everything just changed

The Department of Justice's lawsuit against Apple and five of America's biggest publishers begins like a John Grisham novel, talking of Apple's "aikido move", violations of anti-trust law, and tens of millions of dollars having been overspent on e-books. But in reality the document is a 49-page slasher-novel that leaves no-one in the industry unscathed. Read more »

B&N's UK Nook and other diggeri-pokery

It seems now not to be a matter of if, or even when, but how the Nook will arrive in the UK. Many publishers we've spoken to over the past week suggest that a London Book Fair announcement is coming from the giant US bookseller Barnes & Noble. This makes sense. B&N needs a stage and LBF has always provided a publicity platform for such launches: think Google many years ago. Read more »

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