iBooks2 and schoolbooks: first thoughts

So, Apple's big disruption of the entire educational publishing business turns out to be [drumroll]:

  • iBooks2
  • iBooks Author, and
  • iTunes U courseware.

Yesterday, I was worried about what Apple were going to do. Not paranoid - Apple don't create content, which is what we consider our most valuable asset - but worried. Now, though? Not so much. Read more »

Apple iBooks Hangover

Today we all wake up with an Apple hangover from yesterday’s iBooks Education announcement. We all will now face a bombardment of commentary on whether it is good, bad or ugly. Opinion will be divided. Technical detail on file constructs will loose all but the die hard techie. The commercial rights and wrongs of the restrictions Apple have built in to contracts, their pricing vision and much more will be heatedly debated. Read more »

Apple reinvents the textbook with iBooks 2

Apple has unveilved an author tool as well as a revamped iBooks platform aimed specifically at textbook publishers, authors, teachers and, of course, students. Read more »


Join us for a live discussion of the Apple education event

I'm pleased to say that we have teamed up with Peter Cox of Litopia and Redhammer fame to broadcast live on the internet a discussion of whatever it is Apple announces at its 'education' event taking place in New York tomorrow. Read more »


FutureBook blog - some analytics

I hope that you will indulge me this post. I spent some of my evening going through the analytics for this blog and thought I might share some of the results.

In the last month traffic to the site has come from:

UK - 32.4%

US & Canada - 25.8%

Rest of Europe - 19%

Brazil - 6.3%

Australia - 3%

Rest of World - 13.5% Read more »

Apple Education Plus iPad?

Before his death Steve Jobs had already targeted textbooks as the next opportunity His idea was to hire the best textbook writers to new create digital versions that were complimentary and exploited the iPad. Read more »

2012 publishing predictions part 2

Following on from Predictions part 1, here's what our international bloggers and commentators predict for 2012:

Julieta Lionetti, publishing consultant, Argentina Read more »

2012 publishing predictions part 1

Yes, it’s prediction time of the year. After such an amazing year for publishing and with some key issues seriously heating up, thought I’d ask our clever bloggers and twitter pals to pin down their thoughts for 2012. So many of you have given your predictions that I have broken it into 2 posts. Thank you for taking the time to do this. 

This time next year I’ll check back on this post and openly ridicule those who were off the mark and crown the person with the closest predictions the King or Queen of FutureBook. Ok, that’s not actually going to happen. Read more »

2011 digital publishing timeline

Thought it might be useful to see all of the big digital stories of 2011 as a timeline. It really has been an extraordinary year. My next blog will be your predictions for 2012. If you haven't let me know yet, then tweet me.   


Ebook sales in US comprised 23.5% of all trade book sales in January

February Read more »

And 2012: the year the industry gets it together

Deck the halls with holly, let the bells ring out, a national newspaper has finally written an article about how publishers are being innovative and  driving digital change rather than being driven off the road by 'e'. Read more »

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