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Help, it’s la rentrée !!

It is the beginning of September and in bookshops, shelves are near collapsing under the sheer weight of future best-sellers. Of over four hundred books published, only a dozen will actually be successful. Read more »

FutureBook Innovation Awards - open for entry

Launched 2 years ago, the FutureBook Innovation awards are the most prestigious awards recognising publishing innovation. Last year we had 218 entries across 8 categories, with extremely high standards and inspiring products and innovation across the board. Read more »

Call for papers for FutureBook 2012 conference

The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 conference will be taking place on 3rd December in London. 

I don't need to tell regular FutureBook readers that 2012 has continued to see huge shifts in our industry. I think many of you were involved in these developments. 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 »

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 »

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 »

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