Publishing

FutureBook Hackers at work: Did we tell them enough?

“Shouldn’t we have told them more?”

As the mists rise off the beanbags here at the Roberts Building on the campus of University College London, the FutureBook Hack has about 19 hacker-participants at work. FutureBook-pink blankets still cover some shoulders. The smell of breakfast being set up is encouraging.

It’s early morning. More teammates will join these. Read more »

BEA on Ice!

Huffing, puffing, and whose house is blow-down-able?

It’s natural, of course, for things to heat up around BookExpo America (BEA). The US cousin to the London Book Fair is another trade show in which the industry! the industry! gathers annually to show off to itself. Read more »

Authors! The future of the book is you

This is a piece that James McConnachie, editor of The Author, commissioned me to write for the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine. I agreed, not least because the magazine is only available in print. But James agreed I could publish it online. Read more »

Why Huge Publishing Advances can be Huge Steps Backwards

The reality of a six figure advance is highlighted this week by the failure of Harper Collins to realise its investment in Kindle best-selling sensations Mark Edwards and Louise Voss. A lot of noise was made in 2011 as the Harper Collins joined in a desperate scrap to secure the writing talents of the duo. Sadly and not surprisingly the transition from Kindle sensations to mainstream authors did not work for either Harper Collins or Edwards and Voss.

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Fifty Shades of Innovation

Fifty Shades of Innovation

Publishers need to stop flirting with innovation and tie the knot if they’re to avoid inevitable demise.  So says Elvin Turner, an innovation consultant to brands in disruptive industries.

“No-one has a clue what to do,” a global publishing CEO recently told me during a conference break.  “We’re permanently waiting for someone else to make the first move in case we get it wrong.” Read more »

An industry awash with English graduates | @Tom_Chalmers

I read with interest that the Publishing Association had recruited a Communications Manager, who previously worked at the professional association for Anti-Money Laundering Officers.  Appointments don’t usually catch the attention but in this case it was just the bringing in of new skills from a different industry – an opportunity to bring in relevant but also fresh skills to add into the mix. It brought back to my mind what I have long thought an overlooked but major issue for publishing – the shockingly narrow experience range of those in the sector. Read 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 »

Down with Disruption

Publishing is a business that’s indivisible from language. Most people who go into it do so because they believe in the power of words to tell stories and explain complex ideas. So it seems only fitting that following the first Digital Publishing Xmas Fair, which aimed to encourage closer relationships between London’s digital publishing start-ups and the publishing community, that we spend some time considering the language we use to describe and discuss these businesses. This is because as it stands, I think this might need a little bit of editorial finessing. 
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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 »

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