We need to talk about start-ups

Last week the reading platform Readmill announced that it was slipping into oblivion after failing to make a business case to funders for its continuation. Like too many publishing start-ups, Readmill floundered not because it wasn’t a good idea, well executed, but simply because it ran out of time. 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 creators of publishing

I want to start with a radical idea: the act of publishing has not changed at all since its inception, before the advent of the written word.

We are all aware of the origin of the modern verb “to publish” with it’s Latin root, publicāre, to make public. But, the word itself is not the act; attitudes toward activities shift over time and new words are invented to describe new realities. Read more »

Blink

Devices are now part of our our bookish culture. It is hard now to imagine in the creation of any new book a scenario where there isn't at least one conversation about what device a piece of content might best work on. However, for most publishers right now that conversation might start and end with the Kindle, or its nearest e-ink competitor. Read more »

Mapping the Booker Prize

At the 2012 FutureBook conference, I gave a talk about how we were using data on the Guardian Shorts series of ebooks to help inform our publishing decisions. I closed it out by suggesting that a novel could be broken down into a series of data points. Judging by the feedback I got afterwards, some didn't like the idea of writing and data getting too cosy. Read more »

Startup profile - Glipho

What is your company name? 

Glipho.

Where are you based? Read more »

FutureBook Innovation Awards - open for entry

Excited to announce that the FutureBook Innovation awards are now open. Launched 3 years ago, the awards were the first of their kind to recognise publishing innovation. Read more »

How do you make money when everything is going free?

Stop worrying about the price of books, or music, or art, going to zero. It’s happening. It’s happened. There is no going back.

So now that we’ve accepted that, how do we answer the really interesting question of the twenty-first century: how do we take advantage of the unique, amazing features of a connected society to finance the profitable creation of art and culture? Read more »