FutureBook Innovation Workshop '11 - takeaways

These are the things I remember from #fiw11:

Ken Follet's book, Fall of Giants, has been given a 3D audio soundtrack. This is clever because sound is a sense input into the brain and reading is cognitive, so the brain can do both and not explode. Also, it works.

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Random House unveils e-book series at FutureBook Innovation Workshop

Random House is expanding the Vintage digital Brain Shots imprint, releasing five further titles as the 'Summer of Unrest' series this summer.

Speaking at the inaugural Futurebook Innovation Workshop, held in London Bridge, digital editor Dan Franklin announced that five 10,000 word e-books would be released on 28th July, priced £2.99, with Franklin saying the books, and the imprint, will be aiming to fill the space for long-form journalism left as traditional media contracts. Read more »


We must become active participants in the shaping of the future

Today we are running FutureBook's Innovation Workshop, in association with my own website The Literary Platform.

It’s been an extraordinary year for book publishers. Every day we seem to witness a new twist or turn of events – many are calling it the Wild West and you can understand why – as these are challenging times for publishers. Read more »

The Land of Me: Launching stories via Groupon

When we met developers, Made in Me, The Land of Me was just an idea. The only visual was a drawing, an illustration of animals asleep in a fairy tale forest setting. Three years later and this drawing is the home screen for the web-based storytelling experience that is The Land of Me. Read more »

Beyond the Kindle, the rise of the tablet

Is the dedicated e-reader dying out? This is one of the views posited by a whitepaper just published by YUDU Media.

I've heard this argument before, and though it seems odd coming in the midst of an e-book bubble fueled by the one-trick Kindle, and after the recent launches of new e-ink readers by Barnes & Noble, and Kobo, I think the argument has merit. Read more »


Booksurfers: a new adventure in digital publishing

Booksurfers is a new action adventure series by David Gatward for the 9-12 market, and in many ways it is very much in the grand tradition of classic adventure tales: a group of kids thrown together in an unfamiliar environment with a problem to solve, an insane criminal mastermind with an evil genius sidekick, a range of exciting locations . . . but it also has a contemporary twist. Read more »


E-book bestseller chart with prices: 13th June 2011

Philip Stone, Charts Expert: Karen Slaughter's direct-to-digital ebook exclusive, The Unremarkable Heart, climbs to the top of this week's eBestseller list thanks to solid Kindle and iBookstore downloads. It has a "digital list price" of 56 pence according to Amazon, who have discounted it by 21% (12p), to just 44p. Apple are selling it somewhere in between the two - at 49p. Benjamin Daniels' Confessions of a GP returns to the Top 10 following a three-week hiatus while Tea Obreht's The Tiger's Wife charts thanks to its recent Orange Prize for Fiction win. Read more »

Why innovation in publishing is important: an open blog

With Faber's lastest app The Waste Land gaining plaudits all over (see below, here, here, and here), and in the week of the FutureBook Innovation Workshop --which will gather Read more »

Review: The Waste Land iPad app

Rachael Beale has kindly reviewed The Waste Land iPad app for FutureBook: Rumours of the death of the enhanced ebook have been greatly exaggerated. While we wait for the EPUB3 standard to be finalised, adopted and developed for, book apps are continuing to emerge in the App Store, and none more eagerly anticipated - by me, at least - than Faber Digital's iPad app of The Waste Land. Read more »

The difference between the US and EU digital markets – the need for a new approach

The 4th Editech Conference in Milan, held on June 9th, was mostly about the fragmented nature of the European digital market. That was not unexpected – the majority of the audience was Italian, and the Italian e-book market is among the smallest in Europe, small enough to say it is virtually non-existing. Read more »