Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:50
HarperCollins in the US has signed up with Canadian start-up BitLit to allow people to buy discounted e-book versions of print titles they already own.
Readers will be able to write their name in ink on the title page of a book, take a photo using their smartphone, and then use the BitLit app to verify the book and offer a digital...
Fri, 20/06/2014 - 09:50
The UK publishing industry’s first hackathon resulted in a host of fresh ideas in the fields of audio, discoverability and more, with Voices, created by Diamond Braganza (pictured), chosen as the winner of the £5,000 prize.
Voices aimed to connect people with audio by encouraging them to record their own audiobook clips,...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 08:30
A “Britain’s Got Talent” style online audio competition to read text aloud and a search engine which finds books when seekers can only remember brief details about the cover or plot, were among the category winners at the industry’s first hackathon FutureBook Hack this weekend (14th/15th June,...
Fri, 13/06/2014 - 15:00
Five challenges, 30 hours, 100 developers, programmers and entrepreneurs – this weekend sees the first FutureBook Hack taking place (see our Live Blog below for updates throughout the event).
Hackathons have been used as brainstorming platforms to find solutions to problems facing the media, music, health and even emergency...
Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:00
Reinventing audio, re-mixing children's books, the challenge of content curation, and mining metadata will form the core of the challenges put in front of hackers at the FutureBook Hack, the UK's first industry-wide book publishing hack.
Content will be provided by publishing partners Penguin Random House,...
Wed, 26/02/2014 - 09:20
One-time "Kindle King" Kerry Wilkinson, who made his name as a self-published bestseller, has said his experience of being traditionally published by Pan Macmillan has "been great", pointing to traditional poster and billboard advertising as bringing "normalcy" to his published work.
Fri, 22/11/2013 - 09:34
Touch Press was a major winner at the FutureBook Innovation Awards, scooping a duo of prizes for two of their apps. Random House, Rough Guides, Nosy Crow and Sourcebooks publisher and chief executive Dominique Raccah also won coveted awards.
Digital publisher Touch Press won the best adult digital book award for Disney Animated,...
Thu, 21/11/2013 - 16:49
There may yet be a "happy conclusion" to the fate of Los Angeles-based start-up Small Demons, despite the company warning earlier this month that it faced closure.
Speaking at the FutureBook Conference this afternoon (21st November), Richard...
Thu, 21/11/2013 - 15:49
Mobile devices are increasingly being used for social reading and recommendation sites, the FutureBook Conference has heard.
Speaking in a session about Partnerships That Scale, Ashleigh Gardner, head of content for the Wattpad social reading and discovery site, said the platform's monthly users had rocketed from 13m...
Thu, 21/11/2013 - 14:28
Random House’s separate publishing divisions are working together to promote author brands and genres, the FutureBook conference heard today (21st November).
Ruth Spencer, senior digital marketing manager at Random House, told delegates the publisher had created the websites Dead Good and...