2011 digital publishing timeline

Thought it might be useful to see all of the big digital stories of 2011 as a timeline. It really has been an extraordinary year. My next blog will be your predictions for 2012. If you haven't let me know yet, then tweet me.   

January

Ebook sales in US comprised 23.5% of all trade book sales in January

February Read more »

2011: the year the industry got it.

‘To echo what many publishing executives have been saying to us, 2011 will be the year when digital finally takes a significant and measurable share of UK ‘book’ sales.'

Philip Jones’s blog, January 2011 Read more »

Q&A with Rovio's publishing chief Sanna Lukander

Today marks the launch of games developer Rovio's first push into book publishing. The Angry Birds cookbook entitled Bad Piggies' Egg Recipes is the first step in a wider strategy to expand the Angry Birds brand into publishing, licensing, and animation. Read more »

FutureBook awards shortlist announcement

We have had an amazing number of entries to our innovation awards - 218 in total. The most entries were in the best app category with 76. We decided to break this category into the 3 sub-categories of children's, adult and reference/non-trade. Delighted to announce the shortlists across all categories are:

Best adult app shortlist

Top 100 Albums, Amber Books

The Para Fitness Guide, Osprey Publishing

The Power of Six Booktrack Edition, Booktrack Read more »

Publishing is alive and well

I spent an enjoyable hour over the weekend geeking out over our FutureBook awards entries. If you are excited by what's going on in publishing (which I'm assuming you are if you visit this blog), then I'm happy to report the industry is alive and well. Read more »

Last day of early bird for FutureBook 2011 conference

We are delighted to announce that Stephen Page, CEO of Faber and Faber will be talking at the FutureBook conference. He will discuss his vision for a modern day publisher and how you drive change within an organisation. Stephen joins Evan Schnittman and Dominique Raccah on our keynote session. Read more »

Enter our digital innovation awards

 In March this year, FutureBook presented the first ever awards for 'digital innovation' across publishing. We had 93 entries from all around the world. Building on this success we are announcing the next phase of these awards.

You can enter 1 or more of the 6 categories. Categories have changed slightly since last time to reflect rapid change in the industry.  Read more »

Round-up of Publishing Next: India's first digital publishing conference

Last month, Tara’s Maegan Dobson attended Publishing Next – India’s first conference on the future of publishing. Read more »

Q & A with Joe Bluhm, lead artist on the Morris Lessmore iPad app

If you aren't familiar with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad app, I highly recommend you download it. The developers Moonbot Studios based in LA have 'blurred the line between picture book and animation' in one of the most visually stunning iPad apps. Joe Bluhm, lead artist at Moonbot gives us the story behind the huge success of this app:

What made you launch a book app? Read more »