Startup profile - Glipho

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Glipho.

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FutureBook Innovation Awards - open for entry

Excited to announce that the FutureBook Innovation awards are now open. Launched 3 years ago, the awards were the first of their kind to recognise publishing innovation. Read more »

How do you make money when everything is going free?

Stop worrying about the price of books, or music, or art, going to zero. It’s happening. It’s happened. There is no going back.

So now that we’ve accepted that, how do we answer the really interesting question of the twenty-first century: how do we take advantage of the unique, amazing features of a connected society to finance the profitable creation of art and culture? Read more »

Book apps or ibooks?

A few facts to begin with: Apple’s App Store started in 2008 (at that time for iPhone 3GS and iPod) and since 2010 the App Store is also available on the iPad. One of its biggest categories is ‘books’. Since 2010 there is an iBookstore as well.  Read more »

Sale or Return – Lazy and Absurd | @Tom_Chalmers

A publisher moaning about sale or return wouldn’t seem like an article for FutureBook. However, my aim is to look at this from a bookseller perspective and, if you are a bookseller, convince you that you should scrap this ludicrous, self-defeating, damaging way of doing business.

Firstly, having started my first publishing business eight years ago, I can say with complete certainty that if we were able to give books back to the printer that we didn’t sell, we would not still be in business.  Finished. Gone. Dissolved. Read more »

Crap Towns returns

One of the strange things about being a pioneer is that you don’t know you’re doing it. This time ten years ago, I was nervously awaiting the release of Crap Towns and to me it seemed like just another book. It was one that was obviously important to me personally, and one that I hoped would make people laugh and strike a few chords and possibly give a few corrupt local politicians and hopeless MPs a kick up the backside. But that was about as far as my thinking went. Read more »

Games publishers moving in?

Today, Capcom announced the publication of a project we've been working on, called Remember Me: The Pandora Archive, written by Scott Harrison, in e-book form.

Creating prequels for games, movies etc has almost become de rigeur, but what I find fascinating about this particular publication is that not only have they gone straight to digital, but they've also eschewed traditional publishing in order to publish themselves. Read more »

What comes next: the workshop

Is innovation in publishing about to go mainstream? The Bookseller and the Literary Platform have been running the FutureBook Innovation Workshop for three years now, but what impressed me this year was that even the most innovative projects looked grounded in a sense of what was possible, what a successful outcome might look like, and how important the story was to attracting (and retaining) an audience. Read more »

In response to Agent Orange

I am not so much a dyed in the wool as a tattooed in the lambshank self-publisher. I have turned down publishers for my last two books and will continue to do so (albeit appreciatively) as long as they are daft enough to come looking. So when several people on Facebook directed me to Agent Orange’s post, I was all set to join the cheerleading. Read more »