Thu, 12/05/2011 - 15:36
Publishers need to diversify and compete head-on with other media in order to deflect the 'one-screen' effect of tablet devices, a panel discussion at the World e-Reading Congress declared.
The session sought to answer the question: "Can e-reading win the war against Angry Birds?" Jonathan Glasspool, managing...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 18:01
HarperCollins is challenging developers to create new digital products that reimagine the book, via a four-month-long challenge called BookSmash.
The contest is being run in conjunction with software competition platform ChallengePost.
HC said it was looking...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:47
The phrase “talking book” has slowly fallen out of favour as a name for what we now call the audiobook. Its usage began to decline at around the time Stevie Wonder released his 1972 album of the same name. But the terms “talking book” and “audiobook” may require a rethink after the arrival of a book that...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:31
What change a year can bring. At last year’s Book Expo America in New York, people put on a happy face, but Penguin and Macmillan were still fighting the Department of Justice alongside Apple. The fresh fallout cloud from the agency agreement debacle rained fear on traditional publishing. The latest annual statistics regarding the rate...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 12:42
Celebrities including actor Rupert Everett [pictured] will read to children in London’s Trafalgar Square next month as part of an event to inspire children to read.
Rupert Everett will read an Oscar Wilde fairytale, the cast of Billy Elliot The Musical will perform Electricity, readings will be given from Mark Haddon’s...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 09:00
Publishers and librarians have assembled a list of questions to inform e-lending pilot schemes around the UK.
The move follows the Sieghart Review's recommendation that free remote e-book lending be established at public libraries, but that "frictions" be put in place to mirror physical lending.
Wed, 05/06/2013 - 13:03
Pan Macmillan has launched an interactive book trailer app in the run-up to the publication of debut literary thriller, Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach.
The free app pulls in user's information from their Facebook profile, including data from their newsfeed, location updates and friends list. It then plays a trailer...
Wed, 05/06/2013 - 07:00
Penguin Group c.e.o. David Shanks has testified in support of Apple on day two of the anti-trust case over e-book price fixing in New York yesterday (4th June).
Shanks said "irrational enthusiasm" about the potential for Apple's customers to buy books online led the company to meet Apple's contract demands in 2010,...
Wed, 05/06/2013 - 06:45
Vintage Digital has published an enhanced e-book based on non-fiction title The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England by Ian Mortimer, and accompanying the three-part series of the same name currently airing on BBC2.
The e-book, entitled The Time Traveller's Guide to Elizabethan England: A Sensory Ride...
Tue, 04/06/2013 - 10:50
In May, I joined professionals from banks, manufacturers, retailers and the BBC at the Trades Union Congress in central London to hear about the latest consumer trends. We were at a Future Foundation conference, “Where the Truth Lies”, based on—and incidentally marketing—the foundation’s newest book. But...