An interactive ‘Media-Melt’ storyworld: The Memory Machine

Any story that's designed to combine 'multiple narratives, simultaneously delivered through interactive experiences' will always catch my attention. Read more »

This other country

The Bookseller Children's Conference showed what a curate's egg the kids market has become.

Print is growing and sales of physical children's books are on course to record their biggest year ever through bookshop tills - thanks in large part to offshoots of digital phenomena such as Minecraft, and playground crazes such as loom-banding.

Meanwhile, the kids are increasingly active online, both in terms of their use of social media as well as access to tablets and mobile devices. Read more »

Crowdsorcery: #FutureChat recap

"Join the crowd" on Friday meant jumping in on our #FutureChat conversation with The FutureBook.net community about all things crowd-ish -- crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, a crowded season of releases and new ideas.

Even as I create this recap, an email has arrived offering "your very own piece of PeerIndex!" (Exclamation point theirs.) The London-based social analytics platform PiQ, the solicitation announces, is "crowdfunding the investment we need" -- a  £500k goal with £411,720 already pledged, apparently, on a 10-percent equity offering. Read more »

Publishing's whirli-dig

In 2013 responding to what was then the unexpected slowdown in the growth of e-book sales, Faber chief executive Stephen Page wrote an op-ed in The Bookseller about ‘publishing fairytales’. Read more »

Measure for measure: the Digital Census since 2009

Last week we launched the latest Digital Census, The Bookseller’s once a year opportunity to take a measure of what the book and digital communities think about this developing landscape. Read more »

Night of the Social Media: #PorterMeets Jonathan Maberry

"Your ignorance is stunning!"...That line got one of my Twitter followers muted recently. And she has stayed muted. And she will stay muted. I only regret that I have but one chance to mute her. Despite this follower's flattery -- I'd never speak of my own ignorance in such vaunted terms -- she is one author I will not deal with again.

She's a type of Twitter personality you may know, too. Read more »

The FutureBook Innovation Awards are open for business

Join us Friday, 12th September, when the deadline for the 2014 FutureBook Innovation Awards prompts our #FutureChat topic of the week. Live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.  Read more »