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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Publishing's southerly migration at BEA

And gnashing of teeth

"The sound of silence" has never muted the industry! the industry! Read more »

Responsive versus Adaptive Design

There are two key design approaches for the modern website. Both have pros and cons and a few considerations: Read more »

The sound of silence

The continuing negotiations between Amazon and Hachette show how much heat can be generated from so little information. The known facts are these: Amazon has downgraded some Hachette Book Group USA titles as the duo tussle over new terms agreements. The assumption is that Hachette’s revised agency contract, as dictated to by the Department of Justice, and put in place two years ago, is now up for re-negotiation. Read more »

The Frustrations of Being an Independent Publisher or Why Amazon is Actually Saving Independent Publishing

I have read a heck of a lot of posts talking about the evil entity that is Amazon and how Amazon is destroying publishing. From my perspective this couldn't be further from the truth. Sure Amazon has been allowed to gain a strong foothold on publishing. I choose my words carefully - it has been allowed - allowed by publishers and authors.  Read more »

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 »

Welcome to the new boring.

What will happen when Amazon grows up? At the moment the Seattle Godzilla is still firmly entrenched in adolescence. Revenues may be massive but profit remains a shaky concept and too much emphasis is still placed on disruption. Even if it no longer seems all that disruptive any more. Read more »

BEA on Ice!

Huffing, puffing, and whose house is blow-down-able?

It’s natural, of course, for things to heat up around BookExpo America (BEA). The US cousin to the London Book Fair is another trade show in which the industry! the industry! gathers annually to show off to itself. Read more »

Publishing's noisy neighbours

Publishing is a business built on the talent of authors, but not one where authors have always played the lead role. In a twitter exchange with the writer Jeff Norton recently, Norton said he had once heard a publisher refer to an author as a “necessary evil”. Perhaps that was true once, but I suspect that time has gone. Read more »

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