Fri, 22/08/2014 - 15:00
If we are learning anything from the Amazon/Hachette spat, it is about how divided the global community of authors (inasmuch as there is such a thing) has become. The schism is between the comparatively tiny percentage of successful, published “legacy” authors (Authors United) and the great, largely submerged rump of “...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 13:32
There is a common perception in the book business that the trade has had a soft transition to digital. An equally common perception outside of the business is that we are all just about to drown in it. As the veteran FT columnist John Kay wrote this week, “publishers are ill-placed for the new environment”, and while “some...
Thu, 07/08/2014 - 16:58
The moment a regular customer switches from prefacing reading queries for their child with “she/he is an awfully advanced reader” to “is the content age appropriate?”, I know that little Hermione or Harry is ready to make the leap from children’s reading to Young Adult.
Here at West End Lane Books in...
Wed, 06/08/2014 - 15:53
Following the recent Foyle’s Great Bookshop Debate, I was hoping to feel reassured about the future of publishers and bookshops that are independent. But this “future” is far from certain. Theories about the demise of print and the...
Fri, 01/08/2014 - 13:12
If there is any good to have come out of the bad situation that is the Amazon/Hachette dispute in the US, then it is the growing recognition that authors—as a group—are not bystanders, and they should not be made into victims by disagreements between the super-powers that rule over this trade.
In the US, the thriller...
Fri, 01/08/2014 - 10:24
Every year I am asked what the Man Booker controversy is going to be. The Bookseller, in calling on me to write about this year’s, has already identified five – and we’ve only reached the longlist stage -...
Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:35
Plenty of people know that big companies such as Google and Amazon use clever accounting procedures to minimise the tax they pay. Governments are showing concern over this because they are losing revenue—the revenue they use to support the infrastructure of a civilised society....
Thu, 31/07/2014 - 16:33
A couple of months back a début by a client of mine was published. His publisher—a respected, solid independent—told me they’d spent a whopping amount on the package and that early feedback was, frankly, ace. Time for a collective “woo-hoo!”, you might think. Sadly not.
Despite the author’s...
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 16:47
An article in Publishing Perspectives by Vanessa Fox O’ Loughlin about Ireland’s strength resting in small, independent presses provided me with the perfect segue into my topic of the rise of the minority, a...
Wed, 30/07/2014 - 11:46