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Crowdsorcery: #FutureChat recap

"Join the crowd" on Friday meant jumping in on our #FutureChat conversation with The FutureBook.net community about all things crowd-ish -- crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, a crowded season of releases and new ideas.

Even as I create this recap, an email has arrived offering "your very own piece of PeerIndex!" (Exclamation point theirs.) The London-based social analytics platform PiQ, the solicitation announces, is "crowdfunding the investment we need" -- a  £500k goal with £411,720 already pledged, apparently, on a 10-percent equity offering. Read more »

'Retail stonewalling' and Amazon sightings in bookstores

Oil and water...The general pattern, of course, has been simple: many bookshops, objecting to Amazon's effects on the industry, have declined to carry books from Amazon Publishing imprints. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: Multi-track issues

Friday (22nd August) after our good #FutureChat exchange about the recent protests of Amazon's negotiating tactics, one of our FutureBook community members noticed that the #UK's "Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store" ranking seemed to be top-heavy with a group of Amazon Publishing titles.

In fact, these titles doing so well on the list were all books published by Amazon Publishing imprints. And they were the same titles, in fact, that the mobile-service company EE was offering in a free-Kindle-ebook promotion. Read more »

Marcello Vena: All Brain's chief future officer

From Big Ideas to a big move

Innovation isn't the holy grail of the moment only for publishing. It can, in fact, mean a leap of faith away from the day-to-day heart of the business for some of our industry's players. Read more »

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