What’s Love Got To Do With It? by @Tom_Chalmers

The book world is undoubtedly a passion industry – writers are usually driven by aspiration, publishers should be fuelled by creativity in producing the best books they possibly can, and a love of books must be fundamental to any bookseller. 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 »

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 »

We STILL Need To Talk About Culture

With the London Book Fair ahead of me, and with it a debate on Amazon’s role in the publishing industry, I’ve been asking myself a few questions (which is as weird as it sounds by the way) about our industry.

The question I keep coming back to is culture, specifically the culture that dominates the publishing workforce. Lots has been said about the new skillset that publishers require, but not so much about the new culture publishers require. The one is irrelevant without the other. Read more »

Burning the Page - an instant review

I'll be honest, when I saw tweets yesterday mentioning a book from 'Kindle insider' Jason Merkoski I was rather excited. The initial interview on the New York Times' blog offered plenty of tantalising quotes. Read more »

Startup profile - The Book Club

What is your company name? The Book Club 

Where are you based? UK Read more »

How people feel about paper books

This is how people feel about paper books. It's worth remembering, as we talk about digital, that the physical world exerts a grip on us - as it should - which exists at a very basic level in who we are. And books, which combine the physical or the immediate and the cognitive, are liminal things which command the attention of both parts of our selves.

Sermon over. Watch the video. With props to Sam, who saw it first.

Why a Book Publisher Just Announced a Multimedia Magazine App

Ilex Press recently announced the publication of the Pilot issue of Photographer’s i Magazine—a multimedia, interactive magazine app for iPad and Android tablets. Soon to make an appearance on the iPad newsstand, the Pilot issue is currently selling ahead of expectations. Read more »

A Thousand Flowers Bloom

In fits and starts, Spanish publishing is poised to join the digital (r)evolution. Rather than the imminent landing of the major international players, a proof of this has been the XIX Liber (October 5-7), the trade show that is a reference to both the Spanish and Latin-American markets. Sponsored by the Federación de Gremios de Editores de España, Liber is a good indicator of the temperature of the industry. Read more »

No blog is an island

Going through the process of turning over 750 blog posts on GAMESbrief into three volumes of edited thoughts has taught me a lot about the difference between the printed word and the online word. Anyone thinking about the transition from physical to digital would do well to understand the differences. Read more »

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