Kobo throws an aura over the London Book Fair

Kobo's big set-piece launch of its new upmarket device—the Kobo aura—held last night in London should be remembered as the moment the e-bookseller became a serious player in the e-book business. This statement might surprise some. Read more »

Mixed metaphors

The publishing industry is struggling to find the metaphors that describe the transformation that is taking over the sector. This is one conclusion from Digital Minds, the annual digital conference that acts as the Sunday-prelude to the London Book Fair. Read more »

5 Things Publishers Need To Know About Dark Social

(1) What is Dark Social?

Dark Social? Sounds cool. What’s that then? Read more »

Burning the Page - an instant review

I'll be honest, when I saw tweets yesterday mentioning a book from 'Kindle insider' Jason Merkoski I was rather excited. The initial interview on the New York Times' blog offered plenty of tantalising quotes. Read more »

Good reads for all

The acquisition of Goodreads by Amazon serves as a reminder of how bifurcated the book business now is. As bookshops waited for a busy Easter weekend, on twitter and other social networks the commentariat declared 'game over' in the battle for the future reader, after Amazon announced that it had bought the bookish social network late Thursday. Read more »

Selling direct – what you need to know

The concept of selling direct to consumers (D2C) is, traditionally, alien to most publishers. For centuries, their route to market has been almost exclusively through intermediaries. Then along came digital publishing with a bundle of technologies that gave publishers the opportunity to bypass the intermediaries and sell direct to their readers. This prospect looked interesting. Despite being an industry populated largely by non-technical people, they had recently got to grips with converting their print backlists into digital books. Read more »

Getting the most out of Pinterest

Pinterest. We all know what it is: reams and reams of pictures arranged on a host of online pin boards. And as with all new social media platforms, we should be using it and loving it. Right? Well, that’s the big debate. What exactly is Pinterest, is it really worth all the hype and how can we use it to our advantage? Read more »

Off the Page and in the centre

London is brimming with creative digital talent that sits on the doorsteps of the country's publishing powerhouses... but many rarely meet to talk business, let alone work together. That’s why we’re starting “Off the Page”, a new event series that brings together the publishing, arts and creative technology sectors to look at ways that they can learn from each other. Read more »

Off the Page: Narrative, the glue that binds

I gave a keynote at The Mobile Show in Dubai last May, where I emphasised the importance of an engaging narrative in almost everything we produce.

I made the point that narrative wasn’t the preserve of publishers, words had many routes to a page (be that paper or digital) and more options were opening up to connect authors, creatives and narrators of all shapes and sizes with their audience. Read more »

Future of Foyles: Shelving the Bookstore?

I recently had the pleasure of attending Foyles’ ‘bookshop of the future’ workshop. The iconic Charing Cross bookstore is about to relocate and, in so doing, create a new bookstore designed for success in the modern book-selling landscape. The workshop served to gather insight from a cross-section of the industry, to help them achieve this ambitious goal in what they hoped would be potentially disruptive ways.