Review: The Waste Land iPad app

Rachael Beale has kindly reviewed The Waste Land iPad app for FutureBook: Rumours of the death of the enhanced ebook have been greatly exaggerated. While we wait for the EPUB3 standard to be finalised, adopted and developed for, book apps are continuing to emerge in the App Store, and none more eagerly anticipated - by me, at least - than Faber Digital's iPad app of The Waste Land. Read more »

The difference between the US and EU digital markets – the need for a new approach

The 4th Editech Conference in Milan, held on June 9th, was mostly about the fragmented nature of the European digital market. That was not unexpected – the majority of the audience was Italian, and the Italian e-book market is among the smallest in Europe, small enough to say it is virtually non-existing. Read more »

Are Readers Still Dedicated?

As well as experiencing exponential growth over the past 12 months, the e-book industry is undergoing a transition that is shaping its makeup from the inside out. Read more »

Amazon clamps down on titles (for fans of smart marketing)

Amazon yesterday clamped down on a very clever marketing technique that got a book to the top of the UK Kindle lists. The book is Catch Your Death by Louise Voss and Mark Edwards, a writing due who have pulled every trick in the book to get their book into the Kindle bestseller list. Mark has a great blog at http://indieiq.com/ where he details his struggle to get his work noticed among the hundreds of thousand of eBooks. Read more »

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How do we cross the digital divide

The Brave New World report was published five years ago, in November 2006. Its aim was to identify the opportunities and challenges for booksellers in this new emerging digital market. Read more »

Apple’s iBooks and iCloud – big steps in the right direction but are they ‘there’ yet?

We all know that one of the biggest issues for publishers, authors and agents in the digital age is discoverability. It’s crucial that any digital product is widely available and noticeable.

So naturally I was thrilled to see that Apple’s Books (iBooks and Audiobook downloads) have now been brought into the iTunes software proper. Read more »

Apple's in-app purchasing shift: a win for Amazon

Apple has quietly reversed its strategy on in-app purchasing that would have threatened e-book platforms such as the Amazon Kindle app or Kobo's app. Read more »

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Angry Birds take flight to Grub Street

Having attended an odd session at the World e-Reading Congress on whether publishers could beat Angry Birds, I was amused to read that the producers of the game, Rovio, are in fact going the other way: moving into book publishing. Read more »

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Case study: Digital/social media campaign for Mich Turner's Cake Masterclass

It’s hardly news that cookbooks are big business, with Jamie et al leading the charge on the charts every year. But what is a marketer to do when she needs to tell the world about a brilliant new food title by an author who, whilst extremely well-respected in her field, doesn’t have the huge profile of a mainstream TV chef, all on a rather modest marketing budget? Read more »

Catch us if you can

As I write this, a novel I co-wrote with Louise Voss, Catch Your Death, is sitting at No.2 on the Amazon Kindle bestseller list. Our other thriller, Killing Cupid, is No.7. As far as I know, we are the first 100% indie novelists to ever have two novels in the Amazon UK top ten, and have equalled the highest position achieved by the other successful indie crime-writing duo, Saffina Desforges, with their thriller Sugar and Spice. Only David Belbin stands between us and the No.1 slot. Read more »

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