Reading into the future

Hannah Black, of Diversion Books in New York, is the winner of The Bookseller’s latest Essay writing competition, now sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair. Black answered a call put out earlier this year to think about how the reader will interact with books in the future. It seemed to me then, as it does now, that for all the good work done in the innovation space by writers and publishers, it is the reader who will be key to driving demand for these types of products. Read more »

Is this another anti-Amazon Smokescreen from Publishing’s Big Boys?

Is there a smokescreen being created by publishers as Amazon threatens POD for out of print titles? A book should never go out of print! Surely this is the publisher’s obligation to keep their back-list available and a move to POD for titles which have ran their course with a publisher is a simple and effective solution to keeping books in the hands of readers and author’s fans. There was an argument which I saw recently that some publishers are worried because the quality of POD is inferior.

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#FutureChat recap: Can publishers compete with Amazon?

When we asked The FutureBook readers to add their voices to a week already loud with news of Amazon, our live #FutureChat discussion turned out to be a fine warm-up for the next Bookseller essay-writing competition (deadline 18 July):

Can publishers compete with Amazon?

The tone of the group's lively conversation was less contentious than pointed, as in author Heather Sunseri's comments: Read more »

Forget the Rubicon: #FutureChat crosses the Amazon

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.
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Wow wattpad

A couple of weeks ago on my blog, I shared that I was going to post the entire first MetaWars book, in serial format, onto wattpad. Read more »

They might be giants

Are we at the beginnings of a backlash against big tech? Last week the New Yorker published a disruption takedown from Jill Lepore in which she castigated the tech community for its “reckless and ruthless” philosophy of disruption. Read more »

The Big Idea and copyright

The basic premise of copyright law is that copyright protects the expression of an idea and not the idea itself. If we are launching The Big Idea Competition to find the UK’s best children’s story ideas, how will we ensure that those ideas are protected and the creators of those ideas are adequately remunerated? Read more »

#FutureChat recap: Traditional or independent, publishing teamwork counts

When we asked The FutureBook readership to talk to us Friday in our #FutureChat Twitter conversation about who we hear from in publishing -- and who we don't -- they rose to the occasion readily.

Taking a cue from my conversation at the FutureBook Hack with Pan Macmillan's Sara Lloyd, as well as from The Bookseller lead editorial Friday, Voice recognition by Philip Jones, we went in looking for "how, in the current dialogs of the industry! the industry! we so rarely seem to hear from traditionally published authors, in particular." Read more »

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