The biggest books of 2013 across print and digital

What was the biggest selling book in 2013, across all editions, including digital? My former colleague Philip Stone reported the following in The Bookseller last week. Read more »


A Policeman's Lot Is Not A Happy One

[Lady Justice via Wikipedia, under CC Attribution-Share Alike Licence 3.0 Unported, see here for author etc.]

I've been a bit quiet recently, at least in these pages, because I've been working on actual books rather than thinking about publishing, but I have to put my head above the battlements to query some of Richard Mollet's polemic from Jan 3. Read more »

A pirate's logic is not for me

When your enemy is making a mistake, suggested Napoleon, it is best not to interrupt them.

An equally valid axiom from Margaret Thatcher is that one shouldn't give the oxygen of publicity to those with opposing opinions.  But now and again, an opponent may make such a stultifyingly false move that the urge to expose the folly outweighs any possible disadvantages in doing so. In such cases, these historic pearls of advice should be ignored. Read more »

The world is not flat

In The Bookseller last week we revealed how the major trade publishers' e-book sales performed in 2013. The findings showed what most in the trade now accept: that the stellar e-book sales growth seen since the beginning of this decade is at an end. But thinking of this as a flat market seems spectacularly unhelpful. Read more »


On brand

The Bookseller's continuing 'Review of the Year' coverage focused this week on authors, and specifically on the big brand authors. Read more »

This used to be a book

The polar vortex had passed, Day after Tomorrow-esque images were replaced with footage of mass melting across the states and unlike the film- at least I think- no books were burnt at Digital Book World in New York this week. Read more »

Big idea: build a new ecosystem

The publishing industry is pretty good at talking to itself, as it did at the FutureBook conference in November and at the Digital Book World going on right now; but sometimes forgets to look beyond its borders.  When it does, as in the transition from physical to digital (‘atoms to bits' as coined by Nicholas Negroponte), the observations have tended to focus other atoms-to-bits parts of the entertainment industry: music and movies.  Read more »

Rizzoli and Amazon launch BigJump, a Literary Award for unpublished Novels in Italy

Rizzoli, Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and the Italian startup 20lines launched BigJump, the first literary contest devoted to thrillers, romance and historical novels where readers will contribute to award a prize to the  participating novels. Authors can take part in the contest for free with an unpublished or self-published novel. Registration begins ends on February 14, 2014. To learn more about the rules (in Italian language), visit Read more »

Future unwritten

The future of publishing does not get any easier to predict, but that does not stop us trying. Current themes for 2014 include the arrival of subscriptions; a shift to tablets; and further experimentation, both in form and types of content. Read more »

Match-making in a freelance world

In the crystal ball gazing that inevitably takes up many end of the year publishing round ups, I have yet to see any that have referenced the impact of the proposed merger between oDesk and ElanceRead more »