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They might be giants

Are we at the beginnings of a backlash against big tech? Last week the New Yorker published a disruption takedown from Jill Lepore in which she castigated the tech community for its “reckless and ruthless” philosophy of disruption. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: Traditional or independent, publishing teamwork counts

When we asked The FutureBook readership to talk to us Friday in our #FutureChat Twitter conversation about who we hear from in publishing -- and who we don't -- they rose to the occasion readily.

Taking a cue from my conversation at the FutureBook Hack with Pan Macmillan's Sara Lloyd, as well as from The Bookseller lead editorial Friday, Voice recognition by Philip Jones, we went in looking for "how, in the current dialogs of the industry! the industry! we so rarely seem to hear from traditionally published authors, in particular." Read more »

Giving voice to innovation: Add yours in our #FutureChat

Each Friday at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, join us for a conversation on Twitter, hashtagged #FutureChat – we’d love to have you with us. Read more »

Amazon's dramatic shift

Amazon is seeking a ‘dramatic’ shift in terms, according to Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry. The word slipped out during Nourry’s presentation at parent company Lagardere’s investor day, held on 28th May. Read more »

FutureBook Hack was a legal high for publishing

As I emerged blinking from into Torrington Street W.1 at 430pm from the UK's first ever #FutureBookHack I felt a kind of elation about the future of the publishing industry that I hadn't felt for some time.
 
I also felt exhausted -  32 hours earlier I had been helping my son Jack with stocking fridges with essential supplies, unloading a mountain of beanbags from a white van and plugging in seemingly hundreds of extension cables. Hackers apparently march on their stomachs, require soft padding for their posteriors and need to be constantly connected. Read more »

A second-hand life in digital

It is well established that second-hand sales of books in volume form do not infringe copyright.  Nor do second-hand sales seem to be an undue threat to publishers, perhaps because dog-eared second-hand copies are less attractive to purchasers.  But what about e-books, where a digital file copied to another computer is a perfect copy? Read more »

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#PorterMeets Alice Ryan

When everyone sits down to the midnight feast this weekend at FutureBook Hack in the University College London’s Roberts Building, they can toast, among others, one Alice Ryan. The conference and community manager for The Bookseller is certainly managing some major community now, a collective of more than 100 developers, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, coders, programmers, marketers, and (my favorite) “people who like to think differently.” Read more »

Weird science

Tracking the size and growth (or contraction) of the publishing industry is a lot like guessing how many pennies there are in the jar at a village fete. The pennies are technically there for all to see, but because they're behind glass you have to rely on guesswork.

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The sound of silence

The continuing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette show how much heat can be generated from so little information. The known facts are these: Amazon has downgraded some Hachette Book Group USA titles as the duo tussle over new terms agreements. The assumption is that Hachette’s revised agency contract, as dictated to by the Department of Justice, and put in place two years ago, is now up for re-negotiation. Read more »

Let's all go on a book hunt

The real challenge in the book publishing industry is finding a way to build new strategies that take changing patterns of content consumption into account whilst leveraging the advantages of traditional print publishing in an effective way.

The past five years has seen changing patterns of content consumption from consumers radically alter many industries; the emergence of iTunes and Netflix stands as testament to this. Read more »

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