Talking the talk

Anyone who has met her will know that Simon & Schuster's US chief executive Carolyn Reidy is not shy of speaking her mind. I interviewed her at Frankfurt some years ago and found myself wondering whether I should run ALL of the quotes she gave me. Read more »

What Penguin Random House isn't doing

Publishers are not short of advice from social media. But are they listening? My hunch is no. Read more »

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Apple: Stop imposing your moral agenda on publishers and readers

Apple’s decision to ban the sale of a French novel because of its cover art is misguided, incoherent and wrong.

La Femme, by Bénédicte Martin and published by Editions des Equateurs, tackles women’s political and sexual emancipation. Its front cover is striking: a surreal, black-and-white image of a nude female morphing into a knife blade, by the artist Stéphane Rozencwajg. Read more »

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The Parents’ Evening: 17th July 2026

Mrs Shaw : Well I’m pleased to say that William’s test results have improved considerably over the past year. As you are aware the school recently changed to AQuipp for all science and foreign language textbooks. It’s a very competitive market nowadays and it seems that their content optimisation systems have a far greater accuracy than DocuCom. Following the initial customisation morning, AQuipp have categorised William as an LVX3, so they’ve automatically tailored the syllabus and his homework to best harness his kinetic and aural strengths. Read more »

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Authors! The future of the book is you

This is a piece that James McConnachie, editor of The Author, commissioned me to write for the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine. I agreed, not least because the magazine is only available in print. But James agreed I could publish it online. Read more »

The secret e-book market: 8 months of digital rankings

The Bookseller published its first e-book ranking in August reporting on publisher digital sales in June. Eight rankings later and we are beginning to see the shape of the market, and how it has developed over the half-year. Read more »

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China e-book market hungry for growth

Where can publishers look towards to really drive international e-book sales growth? There are obvious opportunities in the US and in the UK where the e-book markets are relatively mature and have a consumer market hungry for content. Read more »

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Paperback pioneers

Commenting on the announcement of Lynda La Plante’s new company, my colleague Philip Jones noted in his recent FutureBook blog that “format shift doesn’t always work as you’d imagine.” How true, as we seem to discover afresh each day. Read more »

Old possum's piece of publishing wisdom

Anyone involved in the book business will have found it impossible to read Robert McCrum's Observer piece, From bestseller to bust: is this the end of an author's life?, without a mixture of emotions. If the twitter response was anything to go by there would have been a range, from defensiveness to denial; from anger to agony. And so on. Read more »

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