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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 »

Microsoft looking to be third time lucky in its bid for e-books

Microsoft's investment in Barnes & Noble's Nook and college business should not be the huge surprise it clearly is. The giant software business has tried twice to get into the e-book market, and failed on both occasions.

Twelve years ago I attended the first ever Frankfurt E-book Awards, a lavish evening held at the Frankfurt Opera House, which offered six awards worth $10,000 and a grand prize of $100,000. Read more »

Why We Should Care - GAME goes into administration

So, GAME has finally, officially, gone into administration.

First up, best of luck to the near 6000 people employed by the group, and let's hope that there is at least some form of positive outlook.

So why should the book trade care other than a sympathy vote?

Quite apart from the fact that many stores will close and give us one less reason to visit the High St, let's start by looking at the parallels, especially here in the UK (and I'm massively generalizing here, but I could spend all day writing this post...): Read more »

What we learned from the Nook developer event

Barnes & Noble has yet to reveal the date of its forthcoming UK launch of its Nook e-book reader although its app developer conference did offer some glimpses into how it might be marketed into the UK, a guest blogger on FutureBook writes. Read more »

The view from down under

Sometimes it’s handy to have an older sibling who is going through the rites of passage just a little before it’s your turn.  Read more »

Research Reveals Current Situation of eBooks in Brazil

Since the commercial sale of eBooks began in Brazil in late 2009, the number of digital books in Portuguese was always scarce - never more than a few thousand. Apparently, the situation is changing. Read more »

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