Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:27
There is a strong suspicion that the DCMS is turning a blind eye to the closure of libraries in some of the UK's most deprived communities.
Sue Charteris, in her often-quoted report on the Wirral Inquiry, made it very clear that special considerations must apply if closure of branches in deprived areas is contemplated. Ed...
Mon, 13/05/2013 - 15:32
The Bookseller Industry Awards are a testament to the dedication, creativity and sheer hard work of the trade.
There were 19 awards in total and, including the winner of the Booksellers Association-run Gerry Davies Award, 21 winners this year (the library award is shared). Last year we expanded to include an academic publishing prize...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:45
In his speech at the Publishers Association a.g.m. writer Bill Thompson suggested that publishing was three different industries operating as one, and that as the core technology—the book—changes, these industries could develop into something that won’t collectively be known as publishing, and won’t exist in one...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:53
I have three children, and they all love reading and being read to. As my eldest daughter, now 10, began to read more and more, tearing through the classics of my childhood (mostly American) and British books, I began to look further afield.
I was surprised to discover just how few children's books (beyond picture books,...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 15:29
DeviantART (www.deviantart.com) is a global creative platform which enables the display of a wide range of professional and amateur artwork. Once you register on the site, you create your own gallery and post comments on the uploaded work of others. As you gain more popularity...
Tue, 30/04/2013 - 11:06
Judging the pace of digital change will be one of the key challenges facing publishing executives in the months and years to come.
As we now realise, different parts of the publishing and bookselling business are moving in differing directions at different rates, making for an interesting, if slightly unnerving, journey. The...
Mon, 29/04/2013 - 13:06
Historically we in the UK have been considered a nation of shopkeepers with an economy based on commerce. A walk along any high street, in any part of the country, suggests that this opinion is indeed a historical one.
It would be easy to say that the boarded-up shops and the empty premises are a result of the prolonged recession we...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 17:36
As a certified, dyed-in-the-wool Internet Person, I am forever mystified by the electronic hills that publishing chooses to die upon.
If you're going to get into a life-or-death struggle with Amazon, it certainly shouldn't be over book pricing or co-op—it should be over data.
I just came off a US tour...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 17:22
Tuesday was World Book Night, across the UK & Ireland 20,000 people (with a further 25,000 in America) acted as volunteers helping us gift half a million books to those who don’t regularly read in their communities, to encourage them to do so.
In the evening, hundreds of events took place from author readings to quizzes and...
Mon, 22/04/2013 - 10:59
What do authors want from their publisher? In my experience it is two things:
1. Their book to get to as many people as possible in the most agreeable form and manner possible.
2. See Point 1.
What authors and agents also want these days is for publishers not to get in the way of...