Futurebook

  • Amazon wants us to dance to a new tune again

    Amazon wants us to dance to a new tune again

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Just before the Frankfurt Book Fair I heard a lot about how books weren't like music, and that the growth in digital sales would not hit printed book sales in the same way as the rise of digital music hit CD sales. Part of the reason was that music could be unbundled (people want singles, not albums), whereas books simply have to be downloaded in their entirety to be appreciated. Read more

  • The view from Frankfurt: who controls the ebook business?

    The view from Frankfurt: who controls the ebook business?

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    One of the most in-demand events at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair was Friday’s round-table discussion: The eBook Business: Who’s in Control? Entry was so carefully restricted that even panel member Victoria Barnsley, Chief Executive of HarperCollins, struggled at first to make her way past security and into the venue. Read more

  • The enhanced e-book in the room

    The enhanced e-book in the room

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    One of the best things about the Frankfurt Book Fair was that we finally got round to discussing whether enhanced e-books were really all that. I thought SourceBooks' Dominique Raccah had it right in her Tools of Change talk in a speech I wrote up earlier this week for theBookseller.com: Raccah calls time on book publishers. Read more

  • Wylie skewered?

    Wylie skewered?

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    French publishers have made a stand over digital rights, and I wonder where this leaves the agent Andrew Wylie. Read more

  • ePirates of the Caribbean

    ePirates of the Caribbean

    By Matt Bradbeer

    Digital/Content/E-commerce/Developer at Autharium Labs

    Unless you are Apple or Amazon and want a captive market, DRM (Digital Rights Management) is useless. In fact they are chasing a lost cause because:DRM is easily removed and therefore pointless, costly and a barrier to sale.DRM does not stop piracy, it is restrictive and therefore it promotes piracy. Read more

  • Testing for the future

    Testing for the future

    By Sophie Rochester

    Founder and c.e.o. at Yodomo

    Last week design and innovation consultancy IDEO released their thoughts on the Future of the Book  in a neatly executed video. The industry response was mixed – ranging from ‘seen it all before' to ‘wow, how clever'. Read more

  • View From The Crow's Nest

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    Andrew Robinson is leader of the Pirate Party UK, and therefore a notional arch-nemesis of the UK electronic publishing industry. I wanted to know more about his ideas and the drives behind them, so I read the manifesto and wrote to him, and he kindly consented to do an email interview. Read more

  • We'll all lose money. And then we'll learn

    We'll all lose money. And then we'll learn

    By Gayle Feldman

    Other at

    Last week, Kindle content head David Naggar appeared on a panel alongside Macmillan chief executive John Sargent, Google's Roland Lange, and long-time Writers House agent Simon Lipskar, to discuss – what else? – "the future of the book."The event was organized by William Morris-Endeavor agent Eric Simonoff for the Graduate Center of the City University of New York."What happens when the physical bookstore experience disappears?" Simonoff enquired. Read more

  • The E Book Market is Getting Pretty Crowded

    The E Book Market is Getting Pretty Crowded

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

     Another heavy hitter joins the e book party; today Sharpe The Japan's largest maker of liquid-crystal displays announced its intention to launch an e book site in December.  Read more

  • Twitpocalypse avoided

    Twitpocalypse avoided

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Let's be in no doubt that the funniest moment this week in publishing was watching Bloomsbury's sales and marketing video—"Don't Stop Believin'"—and then watching my colleagues watching it. But I'm amazed by the hyperventilating it caused among some folk on Twitter, who gathered around the hastag bloomsburyglee to laugh and frown in 140 characters. Read more

  • Case Study: Lonely Planet's augmented reality guides

    Case Study: Lonely Planet's augmented reality guides

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Kelly Brough, Global Director of Digital at Lonely Planet talks us through their augmented reality Compass Guides: Lonely Planet has a long history of helping travellers through new technology. Right from the start of the web, our Thorn Tree community offered travellers a place to meet and swap information, and you’ll still find more detailed advice on pretty much anywhere in the world quicker here than anywhere else. Read more

  • Ebook reading comes of age in India 

    Ebook reading comes of age in India 

    By Alex Hippisley-Cox

    PR at

    Delhi recently saw the launch of a new reading device which could well be the one which makes the switch of reading habits in India to electronic format. The Wink, developed by EC Media is the brainchild of Ravi DeeCee a well known publisher based out of Kerala, India (DC Books) and has many similarities to that of the Kindle. There are a couple of versions coming on to the market ranging in price from INR 6,999 to INR 13,499 – the current model retails at INR 11,490 (£160). Read more

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