FutureBook Hackers at work: Did we tell them enough?

“Shouldn’t we have told them more?”

As the mists rise off the beanbags here at the Roberts Building on the campus of University College London, the FutureBook Hack has about 19 hacker-participants at work. FutureBook-pink blankets still cover some shoulders. The smell of breakfast being set up is encouraging.

It’s early morning. More teammates will join these. Read more »

Faber's Griffiths on audio at FutureBook Hack: Listen for the consumer

“Who, exactly, are you going to inspire to buy audio?”

“In 23 years, I’ve never heard anyone say, ‘Have you heard the new Zadie Smith?’”

A compelling, even moving appeal has come from Hannah Griffiths, Faber & Faber’s publishing director, at the weekend’s FutureBook Hack – the UK’s first industry-wide publishing hackathon. The event is presented by The Bookseller in association with publisher-partners, including Faber, as well as a host of sponsors. Read more »

FutureBook Hack’s invocation: The Rev. Matthew Cashmore

“To mess with the way that people communicate their ideas”

Blackwell’s digital director Matthew Cashmore is going to make some Anglican parish a very fine priest.

“I get criticised,” he told the #FutureBookHack’s gathered assembly Saturday morning, “every time I introduce a hack day and tell people, ‘You can change the world with what you do this weekend.” Read more »

A second-hand life in digital

It is well established that second-hand sales of books in volume form do not infringe copyright.  Nor do second-hand sales seem to be an undue threat to publishers, perhaps because dog-eared second-hand copies are less attractive to purchasers.  But what about e-books, where a digital file copied to another computer is a perfect copy? Read more »

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#PorterMeets Alice Ryan

When everyone sits down to the midnight feast this weekend at FutureBook Hack in the University College London’s Roberts Building, they can toast, among others, one Alice Ryan. The conference and community manager for The Bookseller is certainly managing some major community now, a collective of more than 100 developers, designers, entrepreneurs, engineers, coders, programmers, marketers, and (my favorite) “people who like to think differently.” Read more »

Beaming the Future

Using Science Fiction to Warp-Drive Innovation

With just days to go before the FutureBook Hack, I’ve been struck by a conversation we had at the FutureBook editorial board when we discussed the notion of what other industries could learn from the book biz. And it strikes me that our storytelling prowess is exactly what many industries need right now. Read more »

Weird science

Tracking the size and growth (or contraction) of the publishing industry is a lot like guessing how many pennies there are in the jar at a village fete. The pennies are technically there for all to see, but because they're behind glass you have to rely on guesswork.

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