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The Bookseller Children's Conference showed what a curate's egg the kids market has become.

Print is growing and sales of physical children's books are on course to record their biggest year ever through bookshop tills - thanks in large part to offshoots of digital phenomena such as Minecraft, and playground crazes such as loom-banding.

Meanwhile, the kids are increasingly active online, both in terms of their use of social media as well as access to tablets and mobile devices. Read more »

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 »

Amazon's UK 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' list temporarily affected by free ebook offer

Amazon officials confirm to The FutureBook that downloads of #Kindle ebooks from Amazon Publishing imprints made available free of charge to customers in a telephone-company promotion have temporarily skewed the UK's 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' rankings at Amazon.co.uk. Read more »

BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

The shape-shifting factor in publishing: Subscriptions

With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing. Read more »

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 »

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