Futurebook

  • 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

  • Whatever happened to Google Editions?

    Whatever happened to Google Editions?

    By John Pettigrew

    Other at Cambridge University Press

    Remember Google Editions? The Googly ebook store that was announced earlier this year and was going to launch in June or July? Well, it's not arrived yet, as you may have noticed. Read more

  • Ten things about the agency model in the UK

    Ten things about the agency model in the UK

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Two quick things and then 10 more points on the arrival of the agency model in the UK. Since The Bookseller broke the news that Hachette was to begin enforcing the agency model on some suppliers from Monday, we've been buffeted by two compelling forces. One to make the case for the agency model. Read more

  • 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

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