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  • FutureBook launches monthly digital drinks night

    FutureBook launches monthly digital drinks night

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I'm very excited to announce our first FutureBook digital drinks night 'Book to The Future'. To be held on 15th July in Soho, London. An informal night for everyone in digital publishing to connect in the real world.I'd like these nights to reflect the broad spectrum of companies and people driving digital publishing. So the night is aimed at: Read more

  • City strolls... digital style.

    City strolls... digital style.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Clay Interactive Ltd is taking on the might of the A-Z with the development of two interactive city tour guide apps for the iPhone: The Unofficial Beatles’ Liverpool and The Sherlock Holmes Guide to London.  Read more

  • The FirstyGroup is 'Appy to serve publishers' needs.

    The FirstyGroup is 'Appy to serve publishers' needs.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Digital publishing solutions company FirstyGroup has signed a partnership with Kiwa Media to sell their QBook applications for the iPhone and iPad to publishers. The FirstyGroup already offers a straight e-book conversion service for publishers.  Read more

  • Winged Chariot publishes 2nd picture book app.

    Winged Chariot publishes 2nd picture book app.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    On Thursday Winged Chariot released its second picture book app of the iPhone and iPad. Similar to the first title, Emma Loves Pink, The Birthday by Sylvia Van Ommen and Maurice van de Bij is a cute book for animal loving youngsters.The Dutch pair drew and designed the picture book especially for the Phone and iPad which offers read aloud text in English, Dutch and Japanese. The app is available in all itunes stores and is priced at $2.99, £1.79 or €2.39. Read more

  • Send out your dinghies & test the unchartered waters

    Send out your dinghies & test the unchartered waters

    By Sam Missingham

    Agent at Missingham Comp

    There is a tradition and legacy that has upheld publishing houses for years - the ‘it’s worked great so far’ structure, architecture and acumen that comes with years of experience.  Publishers could be seen as huge motherships, or even self-contained, branded cruiseliners, sailing through the familiar waters of acquiring content, filtering, shaping, branding and then navigating the route to distribution.   Read more

  • View on ebook length

    By James Woollam

    CEO/MD/Owner at F&W Media International

    News that cheap and discounted ebooks dominate the ibookstore should perhaps come as no suprise as consumers trial book buying through the ipad.This contributes to an assertion I've been making about the optimum size and price of ebooks. Read more

  • Here's one I downloaded earlier, part 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little App reviewed

    Here's one I downloaded earlier, part 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little App reviewed

    By Tom Tivnan

    Features and insight editor at The Bookseller

    Bryan Lee O'Malley's hipster graphic novel series Scott Pilgrim—first published in 2004 in the US by Portland, Oregon-based Oni Press and by Fourth Estate in the UK this year— gets the app treatment, just in time for the big screen adaption by "Shaun of the Dead" director Edgar Wright, starring rent-a-weedy-indie-boy Michael Cera (if you haven't seen the trailer, it looks brilliant), and the sixth Read more

  • No I said no I will No:  Trieste-Zürich-Paris, 1914-1921; Cupertino, 2010

    No I said no I will No: Trieste-Zürich-Paris, 1914-1921; Cupertino, 2010

    By Tom Tivnan

    Features and insight editor at The Bookseller

    I am beginning to think that Steve Jobs and the gang at Apple rather than being humourless super-secret corporatistas are arch-ironists. How else to explain the news that Apple has finally granted an app version of Ulysses Seen, a webcomic adaption of James Joyce's Ulysses, after it forced the creators, Rob Berry and Josh Levitas, to cut out any nudity? Read more

  • Does DRM Mean Google Have Already Won The Ebook War?

    By Tom Williams

    Agent at The Williams Agency

    There has been so much excitement about the iPad as an ereading device that it is easy to forget what it is really good at: the internet. And this could be a problem for the book trade because it may just hand the keys to the digital books future to Google. Read more

  • Machines, Metaphors and Meals

    Machines, Metaphors and Meals

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     Sander Knol is Managing Director of Amsterdam-based publisher Meulenhoff Boekerij. The iPad is expected to go on sale in the Netherlands in July. He bought his iPad in New York and has reviewed it here for Futurebook.I looked at my iPad on the way to JFK. The driver saw it in my hand and said: ‘Hey, that’s a great book!’ A good start, I reckoned, but was he right: is an iPad indeed a good book? Read more

  • Facing the Author

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    People keep talking about new models for the publishing business, but it's rare that I hear them actually articulate one.Briefly, then, on the back of what would once have been a packet of cigarettes, but in this day and age is probably a stack of index cards in the style of 43 Folders' Hipster PDA...Does the emerging digital market create a space for a publishing company which thinks of authors as clients or customers rather than as the basic commodity? Read more

  • The "revolution is on, baby"

    The "revolution is on, baby"

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    So quoth US crime writer Joe Konrath in a blog in response to a Publishers Weekly article that suggested the reason he had signed on for the AmazonEncore program was because he had run out of real publishing options. Read more

  • Amazon as publisher

    Amazon as publisher

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    Amidst all the news about Apple's iPad and its impressive debut, people have been wondering how Amazon will react. Most eyes have turned to news of a Kindle III or at least some kind of refresh in the coming month, but I think we saw one of those reactions this week when AmazonEncore announced 10 fall titles (click here for announcement) including JA Konrath's, Shaken. Read more

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