Publishing

BISG study: A buffet of digital book subscriptions

The shape-shifting factor in publishing: Subscriptions

With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: How can we ease the summer's debate?

Our next #FutureChat, coming Friday (25th July) will be on the topic of subscriptions, same time as usual: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. We'd be glad to have you join us.

To ease the summer's publishing debates, just hold a #FutureChat, and the biting and bickering become a spirited but friendly exchange of views and counter-views. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: How can we pay authors what they deserve?

"I'm tweeting to #FutureChat as both @NicholasLovell and @Gamesbrief. I'm confusing myself."

Author and gaming-business consultant Nicholas Lovell jumped in with both Twitter accounts for our #FutureChat session on author income, and was joined by many others in a free-wheeling exchange of thoughts. Read more »

UK author income survey: Another publishing bombshell

Brace for impact

The key survey revelations commissioned by the UK's Authors' Licensing & Collection Society (ALCS) -- with full details to come in the autumn -- can be expected to ratchet up an already acute sense of tension between the US-UK creative corps and the corporate entities that publish it. Read more »

#FutureChat recap: Can publishers compete with Amazon?

When we asked The FutureBook readers to add their voices to a week already loud with news of Amazon, our live #FutureChat discussion turned out to be a fine warm-up for the next Bookseller essay-writing competition (deadline 18 July):

Can publishers compete with Amazon?

The tone of the group's lively conversation was less contentious than pointed, as in author Heather Sunseri's comments: Read more »

Forget the Rubicon: #FutureChat crosses the Amazon

Each Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
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Pan Macmillan’s Lloyd at FutureBook Hack: “Ask what you can do for readers”

“I think we haven’t done the great things yet.”

Are you an author? If so, would it surprise you to know that that line came from a publisher?

It did, and Sara Lloyd, Pan Macmillan’s digital and communications director, was set on making sure that the participant-hackers of the first-ever FutureBook Hack understood that she -- as a representative of a major power in UK publishing -- knew how much the industry! the industry! needs to take things to the next level. Read more »

FutureBook Hack: 40% women and proud of it

“If all these guys can do it, I can do it.”

Among the many accomplishments of The Bookseller-led FutureBook Hack of this past weekend – my colleague Benedicte Page’s write-up of the category winners is here -- one of the proudest is a 40-percent representation of women among the hacker-participants. Read more »

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