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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 »

Romantic intentions

In my head at least, book readers fall into two distinct groups. 

1) Those with a To Be Read pile

2) Everyone Else.

I’ll be honest, the first time I came across the letters TBR on my Twitter feed I had to Google it. People with a TBR pile are heavy book-buyers; they often work - or aspire to work - in the publishing industry. They take ‘shelfies’ and post them on Instagram, they catalogue and review their books online. Read more »

Digital awards winners: fit for the future

Faber was last night awarded the Digital Strategy of The Year gong at The Bookseller’s Industry Awards; E-books by Sainsbury’s was named e-bookseller of the year; and NetGalley won the Supply Chain Innovation Award, this final award sponsored by BIC. Read more »

Buggy whipped into collaboration

“Most of you won’t change. Most of you will stick to the tried and true for as long as possible. Most of you will think of digital as a sideline until you become the sideline.” Read more »

Let’s get ready to hack

This week The Bookseller lifts the lid on a project we’ve been working on for six months. The FutureBook Hack is the UK’s first ever industry-wide book hackathon. WME agent Simon Trewin pitched the idea at FutureBook last year, after his own experience at The Publishing Hackathon, run by the Perseus Book Group with WME in the US a year ago. Read more »

A licensing model for fan fiction

Fan fiction is an eternally popular genre by which a reader writes their own stories featuring the characters, plots and settings of their favourite books. In almost all cases, these stories are written and published without the consent of the author. The unhappy outcome is so often that the fan writer is infringing the copyright of their beloved author and the author (or their publisher) face the prospect of resolving the issue by suing their own readers. Read more »

Publishing's messy re-mix

Publishing is a messy business. Many of its practices and some of its thinking pre-date digital. Some of it pre-dates computers. Its digital journey will not be linear, and even if it emerges fully-formed from this electronic swamp, chances are that it will still be a messy business. Read more »

The e-book in front is a book

Last week in The Bookseller we looked at the paperback market, and how the format might change now that e-books take up a large chunk of sales that would otherwise have been captured by the print book. But the corollary to this is how the e-book will change, as the digital format matures. Read more »

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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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