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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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 »

Nadine Dorries tops May's e-book ranking

Last week The Bookseller published its May e-book ranking, with Head of Zeus once again scooping the top title on the list, The Four Streets having sold 106,528 editions during the month. Read more »

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 »

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 »

Amazon's dramatic shift

Amazon is seeking a ‘dramatic’ shift in terms, according to Hachette Livre chief executive Arnaud Nourry. The word slipped out during Nourry’s presentation at parent company Lagardere’s investor day, held on 28th May. Read more »

Getting our hack on

The inaugural FutureBook Hack takes place this weekend. What can we expect? 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 »

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 »

Digital awards winners: fit for the future

Faber was last night awarded the Digital Strategy of The Year gong at The Bookseller’s Industry Awards; E-books by Sainsbury’s was named e-bookseller of the year; and NetGalley won the Supply Chain Innovation Award, this final award sponsored by BIC. Read more »

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