Futurebook

  • Have you ever been a pajama panellist?

    Have you ever been a pajama panellist?

    By Sam Missingham

    Agent at Missingham Comp

    I have. I made my Hollywood ‘debut‘ in my pajamas! At 4am this morning I was ‘Skyped’ in as a panellist at Digital LA’s Storytelling: Social Media & Transmedia panel at the WGA and it was fabulous.  Of course, being a ‘talking head’ on a laptop felt a little strange, as ‘I’ had to be turned to face the audience and then the panellists but the conversation was so good that I soon forgot that:-a) it was 4am, Read more

  • A recipe for success?

    A recipe for success?

    By

    CEO/MD/Owner at Directebooks.com

    Recipe taken from the Publishing Almanac 2010; Take a handful of wistful nostalgia and mix with a pinch of regret. Work in a fistful of stubbornness - being careful not to look at the actual mixture. Sprinkle uncertainty and doubt on top. Place in financial constraints and pop it in the oven pre-heated to miltonian temperatures. Close your eyes, wait an indefinite amount of time and hope for the best. When ready, the strategy cake should have a firm but uncertain texture accompanied by that new book smell. Read more

  • Why the agency model is flawed

    By Matt Bradbeer

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

    When the 'agency model' agreement landed on my desk last week, I was reminded of the conversations I had with music publishers 5 years ago. Read more

  • The era of cheap e-books is coming to an end

    The era of cheap e-books is coming to an end

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    So I had some interesting conversations last night at the incredibly busy FutureBook drinks. But the most interesting was the broad hint that a major UK publisher would be moving its e-book customers over to the agency model shortly. Read more

  • Review: Philip Pullman's The Good Man Jesus app

    Review: Philip Pullman's The Good Man Jesus app

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Rob Chilver, bookseller and writer and reviewer for the Waterstone’s Books Quarterly reviews Philip Pullman's enhanced edition app for Futurebook: You can buy it via the Kindle and in the iBookstore for under eight pounds so why spend £9.99 for the Enhanced Edition? Read more

  • Review: myFry app

    Review: myFry app

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Gavin from NextRead.co.uk reviews Stephen Fry's new iPhone app, myFry: Stephen Fry's obsession with all things gadgety is well known, as is his special fondness of Apple. So it's no real surprise that to coincide with the release of The Fry Chronicles, the second volume of his autobiography, Penguin has not only released an iPhone app to accompany the expected hardback, they've released Apple iBook and Amazon Kindle ebook editions too. Though only the iBook edition is enhanced with video. Read more

  • The End of the Beginning, Middle and End?

    The End of the Beginning, Middle and End?

    By Dan Franklin

    Digital/Content/E-commerce/Developer at Random House

    The publication of a new book by Stephen Fry was always going to be interesting in digital terms. And the myFry app for his memoir The Fry Chronicles carries the weight of expectation. Read more

  • Ain't no sunshine

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    MediaBistro, CrunchGear and Mike Cane all drew attention to Amazon's new ad for the Kindle which takes a very direct swipe at the iPad. In particular, the fact that it is difficult to read in direct sunlight. Read more

  • Sony reveals next-gen Readers

    Sony reveals next-gen Readers

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    I popped over to the London Transport Museum today so that Sony could show of the latest models of its two eReaders, both of which come complete with a Google books link but no wireless technology. The snazzy new Reader Pocket edition and the Reader Touch edition will be available in stores from the 17th September. Read more

  • Waterstone's bookshop app

    Waterstone's bookshop app

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    It is probably just another day for Waterstone's. The media is full of unsubstantiated reports that Tim Waterstone might be mulling another bid for the bookselling chain he founded in 1982, but hasn't run for a decade. Read more

  • Futurebook digital drinks night: All welcome

    Futurebook digital drinks night: All welcome

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    After the huge success of July's Futurebook drinks night, we've booked a bigger bar for our next one which will be on 16th September. It will be held upstairs in the Yorkshire Grey bar in Theobalds Road in London, starting at 6.30. Read more

  • E-Readers reviewed: Kindle 3. Must try harder.

    E-Readers reviewed: Kindle 3. Must try harder.

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Dean Johnson, Creative Director, Brandwidth gives us his review of the Kindle 3: I’m angry. Angry for two reasons: The first because I never like to start a blog post with the words “I’m angry”, the second because Amazon has failed me. I’ll get to that in a minute.You’re an intelligent audience so I take it you all know what a Kindle is: It’s an eBook reader with a very specific role – provide the best black and white print simulation in the lightest, most conveniently-sized mobile digital device. Read more

  • Review: Marvel app

    Review: Marvel app

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I'm developing a section on Futurebook.net of book app reviews and previews. Critiques of book apps; their usability, functionality and whether the app has enhanced the original book/narrative. I'm hoping these reviews will come from bloggers, reviewers and book trade folk. If you'd like to be involved, email me at sam.missingham@bookseller.co.uk. Kicking this off is Jennifer Lucy Allan's review of the Marvel app.  Read more

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