Thu, 17/04/2014 - 12:06
On 23rd April as we in the UK celebrate World Book Night, the European Bureau of Libraries, Information & Document Associations (EBLIDA) and its UK off-shoot CILIP, are launching their “Right to E-Read” campaign, the central...
Thu, 17/04/2014 - 12:03
As publishing becomes more tech-oriented, does it become more masculine? It ain’t necessarily so, but the spectre was raised by Martha Lane Fox, digital entrepreneur, who was interviewed at the London Book Fair by Anna Rafferty. Lane Fox said that the tech community was heavily populated by men, telling a story that when she and her...
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 17:24
Following the coverage of how both the library and bookselling sectors might work closer together going forward, it struck me there is an obvious solution to the problems of both libraries and booksellers.
We have been selling books to...
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 17:15
The removal of publisher r.r.p.s from book jackets is regularly offered as a panacea to halt the decline in independent bookshop numbers now that the book market is ever more dominated by Amazon and supermarkets with expansionist ideas, but I would like to argue that this is a simplistic solution and forward a case for the retention of r.r.p....
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 16:28
Skunkworks? Freemium? Service with distinction?
It is still the case that no one is in a position to say which trade publishing business models will be profitable going forward. Yet with old models under threat, publishers are developing a range of new business models and ways of working.
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 15:58
The winners of the inaugural London Book Fair International Book Industry Excellence Awards were announced during the London Book Fair, and in the category of ‘British Council International Digital Publishing Entrepreneur of the Year...
Tue, 15/04/2014 - 14:29
The book business is in a good place. The market reveals it; the London Book Fair reflected it; The Bookseller chronicles it—daily and weekly. Now we just need to demonstrate it to the outside world.
I am not being flippant. There is something about publishing that means it wears its worries visibly—but tends to conceal...
Tue, 08/04/2014 - 16:04
When I tell people I write romantic thrillers they are usually intrigued. Impressed, even. When I mention I write about teenagers, though, everything changes.
I can see the psychological walls go up. They look embarrassed. Oh, their eyes say. I thought you were a real writer.
The question I have is “why?” Why are...
Mon, 07/04/2014 - 16:55
How terrible is disruption when it brings no profit to the undisrupted? The phrase, inspired by Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, is a useful reminder that not every change is a positive one: that focusing on disruption in isolation merely rips up the past with no benefit, in the case of the books business, to readers and writers.
Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:43
It was a great honour to be at the memorial service for Elizabeth Jane Howard yesterday, which was hosted by her publishers, Macmillan at The Saville Club. I expected to feel moved, which of course I was, but it was also a very entertaining affair. John Julius Norwich spoke of her charm – "it was the beauty, first," he...