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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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What nobody sees and what ensures that publishers remain: added value

Every now and again there are stories in the media (mainly traditional media: newspapers, TV, radio) that doubt the capabilities of the publishing world coping with the shift to digital. That there is truth to be found in this subject is clear, but what stings me (and many others in the publishing world), is that almost all of these stories are poorly justified, blunt and only seem to be made to cause a stir. And none of these traditional media seems to be interested in the side of the publishers. What about hearing both sides? Isn’t that what journalism is all about? Read more »

Should publishers sell their own e-readers?

Digital reading is growing in popularity and e-readers and tablets are becoming more popular by the month. Until now, this is entirely the domain of the retailers. Who are, logically as you can conclude, able to lure the customer into their stores and bind them to their brand (draw this line a bit further and you're talking about Amazon, wanting to claim the complete the chain). And here is where the opportunity looks around the corner: why shouldn’t publishers do the same? Read more »

Do the right thing

The publishing business is a great place to be right now. The dominant theme from Frankfurt was not of an industry in crisis, but one in extreme flux - a state of heightened excitement that serves to imbue almost everything we do now with an importance beyond the norm. Read more »

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