"E-Book Standards" - really?

In the jostle for market share in the tablet space Amazon is betting it will sell a great deal of content through the Kindle Fire as unlike its fierce competitor Apple it does not make money on its hardware sales. Read more »

What are we waiting for?

With less than a 2 % market share, e-books are still to come in Denmark. 

The year 2011 saw a small breakthrough for e-books in Denmark.  However, we are still waiting for the big sales figures to kick in. While we are waiting, some questions are vital. Who will drive the Danish e-book market? How to deal with pricing? What kinds of business models will suit the digital book market? And how can we embrace the new possibilities? Read more »

The book store roars back

Barnes & Noble has said that it will not stock, in its stores, books published under any of Amazon's imprints - including importantly those released by Amazon Publishing's East Coast Group -- run by Larry Kirshbaum -- the books from which will go to market under Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's newly named New Harvest imprint. Read more »

Time for publishers to get (even more) social

You might not know it yet but January 10th 2012 was a big day for the internet and everyone who accesses information through Google.
January 10th was the day that Google introduced* what they are calling Google Search Plus Your World (which most commentators are now referring to simply as Social Search).
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More on DRM

I have just returned from New York where I presented an idea at the Digital Book World conference based on the following questions: 

"Could Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology be the cause of a series of negative side effects? And is it actually helping in reducing ebook piracy as it is supposed to do?". Read more »

The Book App is dead. Again.

News reaches our shores that "The love affair with apps is officially over". This is the conclusion drawn by Forrester and Digital Book World and presented at their New York conference by James McQuivey. Read more »

A Question and Some Random Observations

I’ve spent the last two and one-half days with about 1500 of my closest friends at Digital Book World 2012, this week’s entry into the publishing conference sweepstakes. The conference has grown tremendously in terms of attendance, number of sponsors and breadth of programming over its three-year life and along with some very good speakers and panels, provides an excellent networking opportunity. (Disclosure: I’m a conference junkie and this is one of eight or ten I’ll attend this year. Read more »

Optimism on the wane at Digital Book World as Amazon animus grows

The book business is “like the wild west. Everyone wants to be everything", Hyperion publisher Ellen Archer said to 1500-plus attending Digital Book World in New York on Tuesday.  Where is separation between author, publisher, agent, retailer these days? Read more »

Don't be afraid, don't be very afraid

As Digital Book World -- the first of the two big post-Christmas US e-book conferences -- opens, last week's education announcement by Apple shows how easy it is now for any of the big digital companies to hijack the publishing conversation. Read more »

3 important questions about digital that nobody is asking.

I was deliberating what I’d write about in my first post for Futurebook and begun by considering the hot subjects everyone is talking about – what % of sales could eBooks account in the future? Are Kobo or Apple genuinely going to give Amazon a run for their money in ebook sales? Read more »