digital publishing

Weekend: Young readers, publishing, and social media

"Operating within their online world" ... In an increasingly digital world, children’s and YA publishers have to market their books using social media platforms. Read more »

The digital dream: coming soon to an iPad near you

The digital trumpet fanfare sounded for me in 2012

 That's when the Apple software application iBooks Author arrived on the scene. Read more »

BitLit announces HarperCollins ebook bundling pilot programme

In a potentially major gain for the ebook-bundling concept, BitLit today is announcing its first deal with a Big Five publisher. HarperCollins (US) has entered what is being described as a pilot programme with the Vancouver-based BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of print books that readers already own. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: Traditional or independent, publishing teamwork counts

When we asked The FutureBook readership to talk to us Friday in our #FutureChat Twitter conversation about who we hear from in publishing -- and who we don't -- they rose to the occasion readily.

Taking a cue from my conversation at the FutureBook Hack with Pan Macmillan's Sara Lloyd, as well as from The Bookseller lead editorial Friday, Voice recognition by Philip Jones, we went in looking for "how, in the current dialogs of the industry! the industry! we so rarely seem to hear from traditionally published authors, in particular." Read more »

FutureBook Hack: 40% women and proud of it

“If all these guys can do it, I can do it.”

Among the many accomplishments of The Bookseller-led FutureBook Hack of this past weekend – my colleague Benedicte Page’s write-up of the category winners is here -- one of the proudest is a 40-percent representation of women among the hacker-participants. Read more »

Faber's Griffiths on audio at FutureBook Hack: Listen for the consumer

“Who, exactly, are you going to inspire to buy audio?”

“In 23 years, I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘Have you heard the new Zadie Smith?’”

A compelling, even moving appeal has come from Hannah Griffiths, Faber & Faber’s publishing director, at the weekend’s FutureBook Hack – the UK’s first industry-wide publishing hackathon. The event is presented by The Bookseller in association with publisher-partners, including Faber, as well as a host of sponsors. Read more »

FutureBook Hack’s invocation: The Rev. Matthew Cashmore

“To mess with the way that people communicate their ideas”

Blackwell’s digital director Matthew Cashmore is going to make some Anglican parish a very fine priest.

“I get criticised,” he told the #FutureBookHack’s gathered assembly Saturday morning, “every time I introduce a hack day and tell people, ‘You can change the world with what you do this weekend.” Read more »

Authors! The future of the book is you

This is a piece that James McConnachie, editor of The Author, commissioned me to write for the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine. I agreed, not least because the magazine is only available in print. But James agreed I could publish it online. Read more »

Are you measuring your metrics?

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal in the summer of 2012, leading American novelist Scott Turow voiced his frustration at the publishing industry’s failure to study its customer base. He recalled saying to one of his publishers: “I’ve been publishing with you for a long time and you still don’t know who buys my books” and receiving the reply, “Well, nobody in publishing knows that.” Read more »

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