Pulp fiction

Is the paperback format pulped? Last year, the value of sales in the format dipped below £1 billion for the first time in a decade and Adult Fiction’s £263.7m paperback sales represented the lowest ever recorded by BookScan. In the digital era of publishing and bookselling, the future of the paperback format and how and when books are made available for consumption are among the most pertinent questions - as the entire industry adjusts its sales expectations and analyses how readers interact with the formats now available. Read more »

Part 2: KU or KO? On streaming, subscription and big data

Editor's note: The FutureBook community’s Eric Briys, co-founder of France’s Cyberlibris, has provided us with this extensive discussion of ebook subscription services. We have it for you in two parts, of which this is the second. Read more »

Part 1: KU or KO? On streaming, subscription and big data

Editor's note: The FutureBook community’s Eric Briys, co-founder of France’s Cyberlibris, has provided us with this extensive discussion of ebook subscription services. We have it for you in two parts.
• Part 1: How does (should) subscription really work? Data, pricing and money talk  Read more »

Amazon's UK 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' list temporarily affected by free ebook offer

Amazon officials confirm to The FutureBook that downloads of #Kindle ebooks from Amazon Publishing imprints made available free of charge to customers in a telephone-company promotion have temporarily skewed the UK's 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' rankings at Amazon.co.uk. Read more »

Weekend: Young readers, publishing, and social media

"Operating within their online world" ... In an increasingly digital world, children’s and YA publishers have to market their books using social media platforms. Read more »

eBooks advance in Dutch-language market's second quarter: CB infographic

“There is no flattening out yet over here in ebook sales” ..."Our country is quite unique in the diversity of its ebook landscape," says Timo Boezeman, a sales account manager in the digital division of the Dutch distributor CB Logistics. Read more »

The ideas have it

When The Bookseller launched the FutureBook Hack earlier this year, I wrote that the “book business has a remarkable record in publishing innovation, and a terrible reputation for digital inertia”. Part of the reason for this is that there are more ideas about this business, and what might be changed about how we go about the business, than there is capacity within it for the ideas to be given the oxygen they need. Read more »

#FutureChat: Can better data management make good work stand out?

Into the data dome

It was the kind of conference session that sends attendees out into the hallway wide-eyed and wary. And it was hard not to feel for them, too. Read more »

Unbound among the fans

Unbound is publishing’s answer to the question: ‘What happens when the computer says no, but the reader might say yes?’

Launched in 2011 by three authors—Crap Towns’ Dan Kieran, QI’s John Mitchinson and historian Justin Pollard—the publisher crowd-funds projects that would otherwise struggle to be published traditionally. Its biggest hit to date is Shaun Usher’s Letters of Note—whose funding target of £50,000 was over-subscribed (283%). The book, co-published with Canongate, has now sold 42,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s TCM. Read more »

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