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FutureBook Hack was a legal high for publishing

As I emerged blinking from into Torrington Street W.1 at 430pm from the UK's first ever #FutureBookHack I felt a kind of elation about the future of the publishing industry that I hadn't felt for some time.
 
I also felt exhausted -  32 hours earlier I had been helping my son Jack with stocking fridges with essential supplies, unloading a mountain of beanbags from a white van and plugging in seemingly hundreds of extension cables. Hackers apparently march on their stomachs, require soft padding for their posteriors and need to be constantly connected. Read more »

#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 »

Romantic intentions

In my head at least, book readers fall into two distinct groups. 

1) Those with a To Be Read pile

2) Everyone Else.

I’ll be honest, the first time I came across the letters TBR on my Twitter feed I had to Google it. People with a TBR pile are heavy book-buyers; they often work - or aspire to work - in the publishing industry. They take ‘shelfies’ and post them on Instagram, they catalogue and review their books online. Read more »

A vision of a hybrid bookstore

While reports of the death of the book seem to be greatly exaggerated - recent findings show that ebooks continue to do well in fiction and non-fiction categories, where a linear narrative prevails, other types of ebooks such as cookbooks, how to, and other non-fiction categories have yet to show real strength. This, despite the much touted possibilities of multimedia that will revolutionize the reading experience. Other reports indicate that younger readers still favor books, in part because they think ebooks ought to be free. Read more »

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Future unwritten

The future of publishing does not get any easier to predict, but that does not stop us trying. Current themes for 2014 include the arrival of subscriptions; a shift to tablets; and further experimentation, both in form and types of content. Read more »

Match-making in a freelance world

In the crystal ball gazing that inevitably takes up many end of the year publishing round ups, I have yet to see any that have referenced the impact of the proposed merger between oDesk and ElanceRead more »

Taking Bets for 2014...

Six Book and Publishing Betting odds for 2014

I would take bets, but I’m not licensed, so it is just for fun

Kindle dominance – the end of the beginning? 

10 to 1 because this requires a lot of different people working for the same thing at the same time. Read more »

The professional world of publishing

We hear a lot on the trade side of publishing about how the internet is killing off the gatekeepers and allowing authors to (self) publish and find audiences of their own.

In his #PorterMeets interview on Twitter this week the author Hugh Howey suggested that indie authors were now the sixth-largest publishing group in the US—the newest member of the 'big six'.

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Just because you can, doesn't mean you should

With the rise of digital, we are seeing a blurring of the boundaries: between the book and other media such as gaming; agents who have launched digital imprints; retailers as publishers; publishers as retailers; authors as publishers; readers as critics. Read more »

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