REACTive Publishing: innovation at the Hub

As our industry becomes increasingly hybrid – ever more digital, yet still significantly paper-based – the necessity to innovate is a growing problem for publishers. With revenues squeezed by falling prices and decreasing margins, innovation becomes more vital than ever: if we are to survive, publishers need to find new methods of working, new types of product, and new ways of reaching our audiences. Read more »

Why "The Walking Dead" is a clear winner in the "interactive fiction" race

We've "lost".

In the race to find the “interactive storytelling” Holy Grail, we’ve been well and truly beaten.

We have been beaten by a digital games publisher who based their model on licensed IP, and a comic book company. Read more »

The perfect strategy for not getting an agent

So, there I was in my best bib and tucker; sitting on a table in one of the Hilton’s many cavernous conference suites surrounded by fellow nominees of the Publishing Innovation Awards and New York’s digital publishing glitterati. The President of the Publishing Association of America gave the keynote speech and then the CEO of Digital Book World stood up to announce the winners. Best e-book: Fiction was first up. He glanced down at his gilded lectern and read out the name of some odd-sounding bloke called James T. Raydel. I felt a momentary surge of disappointment. Read more »

App vs iBook

Somethin' Else has just launched two digital book products for Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. While both are exclusive to the iPad, they were made in very different ways. One, The Plant Hunters, was created using Apple's iBooks Author software. Read more »


Churchill archive case study

Launched in October 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing in collaboration with the Churchill Archives Centre, the Churchill Archive is a digital library of modern international history available online for the first time. Read more »

The Spanish digital content market

The Spanish book industry in general and the media in particular are focusing almost exclusively on aspects of digitization that have to do with the sale of digital content (e-books). However, there is a wide range of options for using the opportunities offered by technology to support the promotion and sale of more physical books, which currently represent around 98% of the Spanish market, with ebooks currently at only 2%. Read more »

Top 12 FutureBook blogs from 2012

Had a look at the analytics for 2012 and thought a top 12 most-read blogs list might be useful.

Here they are:

25 ways to generate better online book sales 

by Nick Atkinson

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FutureBook conference and awards: the basics

The FutureBook conference and awards is happening today.

Here are a few basics:

Hashtag: #fbook12

Venue: QEII Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE Read more »

Interview: Charlie Redmayne, ceo of Pottermore

Ahead of this year’s FutureBook Conference, The Bookseller's Felicity Wood talks to keynote speaker Charlie Redmayne, c.e.o. of Pottermore, about building brands and harnessing fans.   Read more »

FutureBook conference - programme live

This is my final push to encourage you to book onto the conference. The process of putting this conference together has been challenging to say the least. It’s almost become a cliché to say that the publishing industry is at a pivotal moment, but change and disruption seem to be the only constants this year. Read more »