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  • Is Publishing Football?

    Is Publishing Football?

    By P COX

    Agent at

    As the post mortem gets under way into yesterday's [insert disparaging word here] defeat of England by Germany's only-average football team - a process that is likely to be at least as ugly as the game itself - let's pause for a moment to consider what life lessons we may learn from the whole sorry schbang. Read more

  • Can't get no satisfaction (from publishers)

    Can't get no satisfaction (from publishers)

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    In an interview in Harvard Magazine agent Andrew Wylie threatens to make real what many publishers fear: disintermediation. Wylie, often described as "the most feared and most influential authors’ representatives in the world of Anglo-American publishing”, does not much like the deals publishers are making on behalf of authors with "machine"-makers such as Apple, and is "dissatisfied" with the terms publishers have been offering for e-book rights. Read more

  • Case Study: Orbit Books talk social media

    Case Study: Orbit Books talk social media

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I am going to run a series of case studies from publishers, authors, booksellers looking at their use of social media. If you'd like to be involved please email me at: sam.missingham@bookseller.co.ukEmily Rowland, marketing manager for Orbit Books, talks us through their social media strategy.Orbit is a Science Fiction & Fantasy imprint from Little, Brown. Orbitbooks.net Read more

  • Semantic Web Explained - simply

    Semantic Web Explained - simply

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

    Here is a nice simple step by step intro to the Semantic Web - watch it and then you can speak with athourity on the subject! Read more

  • 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

    Grand Vizier 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

    Grand Vizier 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

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