• Chronicles in Stone

    Chronicles in Stone

    By Dan Franklin

    at Random House

     This time last week I was exploring the ancient village of Carn Euny in the centre of the Penwith Peninsula of Cornwall. The origins of the village can be traced back to the 5th Century BC and the Iron Age; it was occupied for 900 years and abandoned in the 4th Century AD, when the Roman occupation of Britain was in its twilight. Read more

  • Discounts, Sugar, and "nowhere on the form for it"

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    I noticed some things in today's Morning Briefing from the Bookseller, and I thought I'd point them up. They probably qualify as an addendum to the "Harkaway Club" post I put up the other day, but on sober reflection I've decided that joke was really, really weak and I'm a bit embarrassed about it. So anyway... Read more

  • Will Google change the game?

    Will Google change the game?

    By Tom Tivnan

    at The Bookseller

    'Game changing' is the phrase bandied about by publishers about the iPad, but the long trailed news that Google will start selling e-books sometime this summer may be far more significant (incidentally, The Bookseller's Catherine Neilan covered this story in October, the rest of the media seems to have just cottoned on). Read more

  • Who is publishing what on the iPad . . .

    Who is publishing what on the iPad . . .

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Some great work here on how publishing on the iPad is evolving (in the US at least). There are 46,000 (paid and free) books available through the iBooks app, O'Reilly tell us, a third of which are fiction titles. The founding five publishers dominate the output with Penguin top dog with 24% of all iBooks. Read more

  • DRM is not all that

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    I see why Digital Rights Management seems like a good idea.It tries to turn digital products back into old-fashioned rivalrous, excludable goods, which would make the move to digital much less challenging. The trouble is that it's a bit of a disaster area.First, because what can be encrypted can be decrypted. Read more

  • Mobile me

    Mobile me

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

    If we are to believe the research,  according to Forrester over 3 million e readers were sold in 2009 in the USA, which would suggest that 1 in 100 people in the US have bought a device. Read more

  • One million and only going one way

    One million and only going one way

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    More than one million iPads have been sold in the US, according to an estimate on the Chitika website. The number is double Apple's figures from its first week's sales. Apple has yet to update its sales number though according to various Mac-centric websites an announcment that it has sold more than one million units is pending. Read more

  • Publishing does not exist in isolation  . . .

    Publishing does not exist in isolation . . .

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    Repeat after me: publishing does not exist in isolation. I say this now because these blogs will rightly get very focused on ebook prices, unlawful copying and DRM, the timing of ebook release with reference to the hardback, the Amazon and Apple sales models, enhanced texts, and half a dozen other really interesting and troublesome issues.  Read more

  • A Figes leaf

    A Figes leaf

    By Tom Tivnan

    at The Bookseller

    I was amused at the weekend seeing historians in a high dudgeon over the Orlando Figes Amazon affair, it bringing to mind the old saw that academic politics are the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low. Read more

  • Twitter takes a seismic shift at #LBF10

    Twitter takes a seismic shift at #LBF10

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    The volcanic ash may still be settling over the London Book Fair but, in my opinion, this year has seen Twitter finally (and forgive the endless analogy) erupt over London Book Fair. Read more

  • Introducing the PocketBook 360

    Introducing the PocketBook 360

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Ukrainian company PocketBook has delivered its second e-book reader to the market, the PocketBook 360. An efficient and functional device the PB 360 is both easy to use and easy to read. It is also a nifty little thing: managing to show off a five-inch screen whilst still weighing in at a positively anorexic 150g. Fully charged it can also keep going for about two weeks (based on 3 hours of use a day) making it ideal for commuters.  Read more

  • Not so big in Japan

    Not so big in Japan

    By Tom Tivnan

    at The Bookseller

    Businessweek is reporting that Amazon and Kodansha—the largest publisher in Japan—are in talks to bring the Kindle to Japan. Japan has an interesting e-book market, having almost bypassed the dedicated e-reader completely. Amazon is still weighing whether to jump into the market, though it perhaps should note that Osaka-based Panasonic and Tokyo-based Sony stopped selling their dedicated e-readers in their home countries in 2008 and 2007 respectively. Read more

  • Another day, another tablet

    By Tom Tivnan

    at The Bookseller

    I do love Alessi—you know, the Italian high-endish designers who specialise in kitchenware. Well, the company is the latest to get into the tablet game, announcing its AlessiTAB at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan a few days ago. Read more

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