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Riding the Rift

Last week’s acquisition of virtual reality outfit Oculus by Facebook raises some interesting questions for the future of the book. Read more »

Taking Bets for 2014...

Six Book and Publishing Betting odds for 2014

I would take bets, but I’m not licensed, so it is just for fun

Kindle dominance – the end of the beginning? 

10 to 1 because this requires a lot of different people working for the same thing at the same time. Read more »

Shelf Free: Call for new members

Shelf Free is an independent group of people, including representatives from 17 public library authorities, who believe ebooks are a crucial part of the service for users of public libraries.

We aim to highlight the issues, invigorate the debate and explore ways in which the market might be developed to give a better experience to public library users. In 2014 we are planning a national e-lending day in conjunction with a pan-European campaign. Read more »

Bundles of Joy?

To bundle or not to bundle? For publishers working out the best way to sell their digital content, it is an increasingly important question. Read more »

Why Netflix for eBooks won’t work. Today.

 

It seems that not a week goes by recently when we hear about a company that is “Netflix for eBooks” or “Spotify for publishing”. While I think that the industry desperately needs innovation and fresh thinking, I have my doubts about this type of model ported from other media areas. It may very well be where the industry ends up in time, but I think for the next 2-3 years these start-ups will find it tough.

So here are some questions that we should maybe consider when discussing Spotflix for books; Read more »

Sweden leads the way on ebook lending

Whilst the UK and the US publishing industries gird their loins to do battle with libraries over ebook lending, the Swedes are just quietly and efficiently getting on with it. Read more »

Testing Libboo - an author's view

Being an indie writer can be a lonely existence. We see the mainstream authors populating bookshops and Amazon bestseller lists, often with enticing discounts to tempt new readers. There are now many successful independently published books, but writing a good book is not enough to attract sales. How can we compete from the margins, and spread the message to find our own readers? Read more »

A New Direction – This is the Modern World

This week Caffeine Nights announced a first look deal it has made with Richwater Films, an extremely vibrant and exciting British film production company, and I was drawn to thinking about the parallels between the digital revolution happening in both of our industries. Read more »

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