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My Independent Bookshop: a new chapter in book recommendation

‘How many times in the last 10 years have you heard people moan that there is simply too much stuff around for them to read/listen to/watch?’ 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 »

The Elephant in the Graveyard

When I attended the HarperCollins summer party this time last year I joked that if one listened hard it was possible to hear Rome burning in the distance. It didn’t feel like a funny joke then and it felt even less funny listening to Victoria Barnsley’s candid and rather witty speech at what was in effect her leaving party last week. Read more »

Author Solutions and Penguin Random House: The Real Deal?

We heard on Monday that the Penguin Random House merger has been approved in China; this, hot on the heels of the announcement, earlier this month, that Andrew Philllips had replaced Kevin Weiss as CEO of Author Solutions, the Penguin-owned, US and Philippines-based, self-publishing behemoth.  Two totally unrelated stories, no doubt.  Really?  Read more »

Do Publishers Need a Bigger Boat?

If HarperCollins does merge with Simon & Schuster will that be good news for writers? Or, for that matter, readers?

One possibility is that the acquisitions boom of the nineties/early noughties which was fuelled by the last big round of publishing mergers will be disinterred and it will be good times for authors again. Read more »

Memo to publishers: need bigger dinosaurs.

It’s kind of appropriate in the week that Amazon drowned Comet that Random House and Penguin should announce their merger.

So far opinion has been divided – we all want strong publishers able to stand up to the internet leviathans, but when both Rupert Murdoch AND the Guardian are muttering darkly on the sidelines then it’s hard to feel too much like this is the dawn of new golden age. Read more »

Iceberg Ecosystems: Random Penguin in context

In case you woke up and went to work in a sort of benign Monday haze: Penguin and Random House have confirmed a deal. Read more »

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