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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 »

Rumours of the death of publishing have been greatly exaggerated

If the headline writers are to be believed then we are an industry on our last legs, struggling against an inevitable demise but that isn’t what I see – I see the buds of innovation and creativity starting to bloom and I for one can’t wait to discover and help shape what they grow into. Read more »

How publishing meets digital

I work in digital (and love it), read relentlessly (and love it) and I am generally a huge tech-and-book geek. So why have I found it so hard to get excited about digital publishing products? What makes a good one? Read more »

Ten challenges to innovation

In a new report out this week (A Tale of Tech City: The Future of Inner Easy London’s Digital Economy, Centre for London), we’re reminded of the important place that digital innovation plays, and will play, in the UK’s economy.  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 »

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 »

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