Madness at the Games Show - Method in the Business?

So, the dust has settled following E3 and I can finally post a few thoughts up here.

For the uninitiated, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) is the biggest trade-only videogames show in the world, held annually in LA. Read more »

So you’ve got a book app?

In The Netherlands, with a population of 16,5 million people,  there are about one million people who want to write a book. I’m sure there must be millions of them in the UK as well. And although many of them hold the secret desire that their book will be a bestseller, their first goal is the book itself, because even if you hardly sell any copies, you are definitely a writer. Hey, that’s something to talk about when you go to your next school reunion. Read more »

The new dawn of fiction – how reading can survive in the modern age

Last week, a consortium of Dutch publishers unveiled the so called “delay app”, which allows the reader to choose a story to read while waiting. It allows the user to chose a story from a well-known Dutch author to match the time you spent waiting, from 5 to 60 minutes. It still has some issues: the app contains a certain amount of stories so no new content can be added and it is only for the iPad and iphone.  Read more »

London Book Fair - A different perspective on managing digital risk

Last week I was invited to speak at the London Book Fair Digital Conference. Thanks to Orna O’Brien and the team from Reed for putting on an excellent event which clearly demonstrated that appetite to learn about digital best practice in the book market remains high. Read more »

Multi-channel distribution generates revenue for eBooks and digital content

More customers equal more revenue, right? But how publishers find those customers is, of course, the challenge. Ultimately, reaching out through as many channels as possible allows publishers to access the widest variety of customers possible. Read more »

Is there a retail psychologist in the house?

By any sensible measurement, 59p is not a lot of money. What can you get for it? A tabloid newspaper, maybe, or a bar of chocolate? The right to 'spend a penny' in some modern shopping centre or mainline railway station? None of these things is much to write home about - yet when it comes to the selling apps for that kind of low price on the iPhone and elsewhere, it seems that rational considerations don't apply. Read more »

The Three Little Pigs by Nosy Crow (rating BAB)

The Three Little Pigs app is the first app from Nosy Crow, a new independent  children's publisher. On opening the app, you are given three options: Read & Play, Read to me, or Read by Myself. In these three different modes the app works for various reading  abilities and ages. The app is aimed at 4 and older, but there is plenty to  offer 2 and 3 year olds too. The pre-school kids I tested this app on were  totally captivated by it (in play mode). Read more »

Managing risk

Peter Collingridge, Co-founder of Enhanced Editions, gives FutureBook his view from 3 international digital publishing conferences: In the last two weeks I have spoken at three digital publishing conferences around the world: Digital Book World in New York; NLPVF in Amsterdam and If Read more »

Preview: Why the Net Matters iPad app By David Eagleman

My first thought is whether to call Canongate's app a book app as this is not a digital version of a printed book, this app was conceived with the author David Eagleman for the iPad exclusively. One of the first of a new type of collaboration between author, publisher and developer to deliver digital-only products. Read more »

Review: The Adventures of Simon Pegg and.... iPhone app

Writer and illustrator Mike Topping reviews Simon Pegg's iphone app for FutureBook: Deep in the bowels of a mock-tudor manor house somewhere in North London, a suave, buff superhero sits in his cavernous, tricked-out superhero lair. On the bank of giant screens before him: a YouTube video of a farting baby. Read more »

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