Thu, 20/03/2008 - 16:14
The inaugural Dublin Book festival took place in City Hall, Dublin, from Friday 6th until Sunday 8th March. It seemed a fine success and definitely attracted a fair amount of media attention.
For me, the most exciting event of the festival was the panel discussion on the future of Irish publishing with Seán Ó Cearnaigh of...
Sat, 01/03/2008 - 08:39
Travel, work and wi-fi access created some problems early in the weekend but I got to Galway for the whole of saturday.
Notes from the saturday morning session
Maria Dickenson (Easons) introduces a profile of the Irish bookmarket
Ann Betts (...
Mon, 25/02/2008 - 14:14
Before the Booksellers Association Irish Branch Conference takes place on 29th February, it is an apt time to ponder which way the Irish market is going and how it may fare in the face of a cooler economic climate in 2008.
Eason and Hughes & Hughes remain the dominant Irish booksellers for now. At a recent Eason presentation, I was...
Tue, 29/01/2008 - 15:56
Blogging has been brewing up a media storm in the Irish media. Two weeks ago, well known commentator, John Waters, attacked the entire blogosphere on Newstalk, one of Ireland's talk radio stations.
Following the lead of Andrew Keen in his book The Cult of the Amateur, John Waters said that blogs were "stupid", "entirely...
Mon, 03/12/2007 - 14:56
Christmas in Ireland is a nervous time. Books come into the stores in October and wait for the rush that always seems to come later than expected. This year is no exception, but the trade has now seen four weeks of rising sales (from £2.8m four weeks ago to £3.1m in the week ending 17th November): most retailers would say that the...
Thu, 18/10/2007 - 10:24
I am not certain what constitutes a new business model, but certainly it ought to be something new at least. Which is why, despite all the noise about it, Radiohead's online freebie does not present a new model for publishers of music or books. What they have done is self...
Mon, 10/09/2007 - 11:03
Sometimes I think tech people understand books better than book people. How else can you explain the fact that Google, LibraryThing and Amazon have had greater success at building online tools for books than publishers? It's not about e-books or online content so much as it's about offering simple tools and services for listing books and...