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  • 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

  • PA's Emma House reports from Shanghai on digital publishing in China

    PA's Emma House reports from Shanghai on digital publishing in China

    By Alex Hippisley-Cox

    PR at

    The digital publishing industry in China is, like the rest of the world still in its infancy.Whilst the Chinese government official statistics claim that for the first time, more digitally published products were sold than physical (by value), it's very difficult to see how these statistics have been reached, especially when Xinhua, the sta Read more

  • While You Were Sleeping...

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    So, while you lot were drinking Mojitos and fine wines and some of us were toiling over our third novels and editing our second ones and preparing to become a dad for the first time, August was quite a startler. Read more

  • Amplified authors in the UnLibrary

    Amplified authors in the UnLibrary

    By

    CEO/MD/Owner at if:book

    It's weird that writers, most have whom have never made anything like a living out of their work when it was printed on paper, are now being drawn into fretting  about how publishers are going to earn a crust in the digital future. Read more

  • Profile: Garbhan Downey, editor at Guildhall Press

    Profile: Garbhan Downey, editor at Guildhall Press

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Garbhan Downey has worked as a journalist, broadcaster, newspaper editor and literary editor. Currently an editor with Guildhall Press, he has published six novels and several non-fiction books. He talks us through his journey through publishing technology to releasing the first e-book from an Irish publisher: Read more

  • Man on the app

    Man on the app

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    The Man Booker Prize has launched a free app, apparently the "UK's first app for a literary prize". The free app offers access to the Booker archive, a history of the prize, author interviews, video content and audio. There is also a neat GPS service that will also allow users to search for their local book shop or to buy directly from online retailers' websites. Read more

  • Author Kit Berry on how she got a book deal by building a social network

    Author Kit Berry on how she got a book deal by building a social network

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I received thirteen rejections before I decided to self-publish.  This was five years ago.  You hear disaster stories from self-published authors, mostly concerning the vanity press and/or boxes and boxes of books languishing in the spare room.  I’m one of the lucky ones.  I’ve recently signed a good six-figure deal for my Stonewylde Series with Gollancz (Orion Publishing Group) for the worldwide rights to my series. Read more

  • For you the Odyssey is over

    For you the Odyssey is over

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Andrew Wylie and Random House have reached a truce over the agent's bold bid to bypass the traditional publishing route and publish direct to Amazon's Kindle device.A joint statement issued by Markus Dohle, chairman & c.e.o., Random House and Andrew Wylie, president of The Wylie Agency read: Read more

  • App, app and away

    App, app and away

    By Rafferty

    Last Friday the 13th was anything but unlucky as far as I was concerned, in fact, I was whooping and hooplah-ing all over Penguin Towers.  Spot the Dog, that lovable yellow puppy, (just turned 30 but not looking a day over 4), was the front page star of the iTunes App Store – iPad App of the Week, soon to be the no.1 Read more

  • The Big Bets - Which Tech is the Games Industry Backing?

    By

    Digital/Content/E-commerce/Developer at Orb Entertainment

    I'll open this with a bit of a disclaimer - some meetings were had at Gamescom with my Walker hat on, the details of which I cannot share.Right, that out of the way. Last week I had the great pleasure of attending GamesCom, the biggest European trade and consumer show concerning video games. Early estimates put consumer numbers at around 245,000 people - no small beer as a direct to consumer information portal. Read more

  • Spot the app

    Spot the app

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Earlier today we reported on how Penguin has captured the top book apps slot for its recreation of a Spot "lift the flap" book on the iPad. According to my colleague Caroline Horn (who wrote the story for The Bookseller) Apple wants to position the iPad as a family-friendly device and is understood to have supported the app launch. Read more

  • Blood e-readers

    Blood e-readers

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    I happened to catch some of Naomi Campbell's testimony at Charles Taylor's war crimes trial at the Hague about whether the supermodel received 'blood diamonds' from the former Liberian president, broadcast live on Sky News. Read more

  • An Independent Publisher Speaks Out About eBooks

    An Independent Publisher Speaks Out About eBooks

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Steve Emecz runs independent London publishers MX Publishing specialising in NLP and therapy books. He talks us through his experience with e-books: One of the wonderful things about the evolution of social media is that you get instant and regular feedback from your customers. We publish many NLP, hypnotherapy and coaching books and one of the regular pieces of feedback from practitioners, in particular from the USA in the last 12 months is that they would love to have books in an electronic format. Read more

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