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Being a Part of It: Report from BEA in New York - @Tom_Chalmers

Having just returned from New York, where I attended BookExpo America (BEA) for the first time, including speaking at the Author Hub and participating in uPublishU, I thought I would put down what I learnt. I could talk about what an amazing city New York is, but sadly will stick to work-related thoughts: Read more »

An industry rising from the flames | @Tom_Chalmers

I temporarily postponed my non-attendance of award nights this week and arrived at The Bookseller Industry Awards in London (as a guest of the Frankfurt Book Fair – thanks for the invite and hospitality!). And it was interesting to compare the atmosphere to the last BIAs (only three letters away from the BAFTAs) that I went to in 2011. Read more »

Starting to Accept the Neighbours – @Tom_Chalmers

There was a lack of change in the air at this month’s London Book Fair, but for once this may not have been a bad thing. Settled is not the same as content but 2014 appeared to be the year too-often acrimonious parts found their place alongside each other. 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 »

Sale or Return – Lazy and Absurd | @Tom_Chalmers

A publisher moaning about sale or return wouldn’t seem like an article for FutureBook. However, my aim is to look at this from a bookseller perspective and, if you are a bookseller, convince you that you should scrap this ludicrous, self-defeating, damaging way of doing business.

Firstly, having started my first publishing business eight years ago, I can say with complete certainty that if we were able to give books back to the printer that we didn’t sell, we would not still be in business.  Finished. Gone. Dissolved. Read more »

Authors and book rights – some more truths

In my last blog I listed a number of truths and untruths about self-publishing vs traditional publishing, so I thought I would continue in this vein to tackle some other subjects on which I believe that authors require greater clarity.  Read more »

The fight you will have to fight

As I wrote earlier, the book world is facing a series of unmatched challenges. Never before did we had to deal with so many changes in such a short time. And never before was the industry as we all knew it for so many decades, forced into a 180 degree turn in no time. Read more »

Survival of the entrepreneur

We would all not survive the year 2012. But, since you're reading this, the opposite is true. Of course, The Mayan calendar with its predictions inflated to mythical proportions, was pure nonsense. That I use this moment however to prelude my plea, is because I did expect last year to be the beginning of the end for the book as we knew it. That was however not quite the case. It has no doubt that our industry suffered a severe blow by the bankruptcy of one of the big Dutch distributors: Libridis. One that has had (or will have) a huge impact on some of the Dutch publishers. Read more »

Accessible Italian eBooks in the launching pad

 

The LIA project – Libri Italiani Accessibili (Accessible Italian books) by AIE (Italian Publishers’s Association) aims at creating a service to increase the availability ebooks for blind and visually impaired readers, by exploiting the opportunities offered by technologies. The project promotes a cultural change in the way the publishing value chain actors deal with the issue of accessibility. Read more »

Time for publishers to get (even more) social

You might not know it yet but January 10th 2012 was a big day for the internet and everyone who accesses information through Google.
 
January 10th was the day that Google introduced* what they are calling Google Search Plus Your World (which most commentators are now referring to simply as Social Search).
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