The debutant's dilemma

How can aspiring writers gain experience these days? The debut novel, once a fertile hunting ground for publishers in thrall to the new, has become a high-risk game of 13-way auctions and all-or-nothing advances. Sure, publishers used to publish too many debuts, but now worthwhile debuts are being ignored and advances for less than £5,000 have become all too common. Read more »

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BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

The subscription debate: Publishing's all-you-can-eat concern

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

BitLit announces HarperCollins ebook bundling pilot programme

In a potentially major gain for the ebook-bundling concept, BitLit today is announcing its first deal with a Big Five publisher. HarperCollins (US) has entered what is being described as a pilot programme with the Vancouver-based BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of print books that readers already own. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: How can we ease the summer's debate?

Our next #FutureChat, coming Friday (25th July) will be on the topic of subscriptions, same time as usual: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. We'd be glad to have you join us.

To ease the summer's publishing debates, just hold a #FutureChat, and the biting and bickering become a spirited but friendly exchange of views and counter-views. Read more »

10 questions about subscriptions with Andrew Savikas from Safari

Digital book subscription service Safari was founded 13 years ago; it is a joint venture between O’Reilly Media and the Pearson Technology Group. It now has over 150 employees offering more than 27,000 books and videos. Customers pay a monthly subscription, beginning at $24 for individual users, but its primary target is corporate users. Read more »

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#FutureChat: How can we ease the summer's debate?

Join us Friday for a #FutureChat session, with my special guest co-host Laura Hazard Owen from GigaOM. We'll be live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.  Read more »

10 things publishers have been doing (that we should celebrate)

Publishing is all too often, and all too easily, lambasted for all the things it does not do. But we should also acknowledge what has been happening. What publishers have been trying out and in what areas these initiatives have been working. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: How can we pay authors what they deserve?

"I'm tweeting to #FutureChat as both @NicholasLovell and @Gamesbrief. I'm confusing myself."

Author and gaming-business consultant Nicholas Lovell jumped in with both Twitter accounts for our #FutureChat session on author income, and was joined by many others in a free-wheeling exchange of thoughts. Read more »

#FutureChat: How can we pay authors what they deserve?

Each Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.  Read more »

Author Emma Chapman on the road: Indie Book Crawl

Editor's note: Author Emma Chapman wrote of her plan to drive "from Land's End to St. Andrews" at The Bookseller blogs, describing her month-long trip as "a journey to thank indies for all the work they do on behalf of authors." Based in Indonesia, she arrived in the UK to open her project during Independent Booksellers Week. Read more »

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