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Changing the DNA of the reader

Are readers fixed in how they read? One of the frustrations around the digital transition is that despite all of the under-the-hood changes to publishing, this digital re-wiring has stopped at the reader. Readers, by and large, read now how they did before e-books ever existed. Read more »

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Innovation is in the blood

If there was one dominant theme coming of out the London Book Fair last week it was of an industry taking a pause, drawing in a big deep breath and working out what comes next. At Digital Minds, the author Nick Harkaway said that publishers liked to reach a plateau and then wait for the next innovation to run them down. In my Leader column for The Bookseller last week, I took issue with this. Just because the activity isn’t visible, and the answers are not forthcoming, does not mean that publishing isn’t thinking about it. Read more »

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The end of the beginning

After the excesses of the early years, did we all wake up in 2013 with a digital hangover? It can sometimes feel like it. Coming off the back of three years of treble-digit e-book growth, last year’s growth rate, of around 20%, was a detoxifier. In truth though, this party has barely even begun. As Amara’s Law argues, we tend to overestimate the impact of digital changes in the short term, but underestimate them in the long run. Read more »

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Riding the Rift

Last week’s acquisition of virtual reality outfit Oculus by Facebook raises some interesting questions for the future of the book. Read more »

Advocates of the book - stand up

The future is bright: the future is global. If the printing press enabled scalability - one book can reach many different readers - then digital means that the book is even more scalable in that demand can be satisfied straight away almost anywhere in the world. This is a tremendous opportunity for books and knowledge to spread in new ways, across new networks. A reader the other side of the world no longer has to wait for a book to be printed and distributed, or translated. They can download the book on first publication and have immediate access. Read more »

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The e-book journey into China

Two weeks ago I talked about how India and China represented new growth areas for digital publishers, and how ePubDirect was setting up distribution deals in China. Here are some further thoughts. Read more »

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From story to book and back again

1. THE BOOKLESS BOOK Read more »

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Talking the talk

Anyone who has met her will know that Simon & Schuster's US chief executive Carolyn Reidy is not shy of speaking her mind. I interviewed her at Frankfurt some years ago and found myself wondering whether I should run ALL of the quotes she gave me. Read more »

What Penguin Random House isn't doing

Publishers are not short of advice from social media. But are they listening? My hunch is no. Read more »

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Apple: Stop imposing your moral agenda on publishers and readers

Apple’s decision to ban the sale of a French novel because of its cover art is misguided, incoherent and wrong.

La Femme, by Bénédicte Martin and published by Editions des Equateurs, tackles women’s political and sexual emancipation. Its front cover is striking: a surreal, black-and-white image of a nude female morphing into a knife blade, by the artist Stéphane Rozencwajg. Read more »

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