Fri, 19/04/2013 - 09:16
Publishers have praised Kobo’s determination to win market share in the UK and other territories, hailing the decision to launch a luxury e-reader at LBF as a “clever move”.
The Kobo Aura has a 30% larger HD e-ink screen, with special contours for comfortable reading, and is priced at £139.99. The launch...
Thu, 18/04/2013 - 14:55
This year’s London Book Fair was back to its ebullient and buzzy best with great displays of confidence from the likes of Hachette, Random House, Granta, Canongate and Kobo.
Yet, behind the plumage this was also a fair wracked with nerves; one at which Amazon was a looming presence despite its almost complete absence from the...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 15:36
Look down. This is Wednesday, Day Three, after all. The airy fair-iness of it all has taken its toll. And some of the booths in Earls Cavern—many booths, in fact—are rigged to make you fall flat on your face, have you noticed that?
You’re all set to glad-hand that publisher’s rep. You grin your way in, only to...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:40
Publisher–generated online communities, such as HarperCollins’ InkPop, Gollancz’s SF Gateway and Hachette’s Pick a Poppy, are set to almost double over the next two years, according to research by Bowker which was unveiled at yesterday’s “The Campaign Revolution: New Models for Reaching Reader Communities...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:20
The Independent Alliance consortium of UK publishers is partnering with the ICA to launch a one-day festival “to celebrate and explore independence across the creative industries” in Britain.
The event, which will run on 6th June, will feature publishers such as Faber’s Stephen Page and Atlantic’s Ravi...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:19
Publishers must get used to a “permanent, never-ending requirement” to keep simplifying copyright licensing rather than imagining it is a one-off job, Richard Hooper told LBF yesterday (16th April), at the Charles Clark Memorial Lecture.
Hooper, chair of the Copyright Hub Launch Group, said that the widely drawn...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:15
Author Iain Pears and publisher Faber displayed the work in progress of Pears’ latest novel at LBF yesterday (16th April) an experimental work called Arcadia, which will first be released as an app.
Pears, author of An Instance of the Fingerpost, specially commissioned software to allow him to write the novel...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:00
Orion has acquired a non-fiction title, Girls Will Be Girls, a book by academic Dr Emer O’Toole on "why women have ended up acting female", following a “hotly contested” auction.
Editorial director Orion non-fiction Jane Sturrock bought British Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 10:04
Why do publishers need to work more closely with technology start-ups? In the digital age, publishers must assume that they are no longer in the content business. To compete in the web, they need to provide valued added services around their content and those services will be provided by start-ups. In the new age of collaboration, it is too...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 10:00
Publishers and agents sounded a note of caution about European markets, but insisted optimism in the UK was strong as LBF entered its final day.
Many fairgoers noted it as one of the busiest LBFs in recent years, yet a number pointed out that many European territories seem to be struggling.
Jeremy Trevathan, Pan Macmillan...