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  • 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

  • Digital Publishing Twitter list

    Digital Publishing Twitter list

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I thought it might be useful to create a list of digital publishing people on Twitter. If you would like to add yourself to this list, then please do so here: http://bit.ly/b51MeO Read more

  • Is the agency model dead already?

    Is the agency model dead already?

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Just a quick thought as the weekend fast approaches: is the agency model dead? We reported a couple of weeks ago, though it wasn't widely picked up, that Apple had already softened its agency terms, and now allows publishers to operate under different regimes with different retailers. Read more

  • Is all piracy bad piracy?

    Is all piracy bad piracy?

    By Ellie Broughton

    Writer at Freelance

    The law’s not working, the entertainment industry is ignoring the problem and piracy’s not going away anytime soon: these were just a few of the ideas circulating at Wednesday’s panel debate on piracy in East London. Read more

  • Sometimes it’s good to have your head in the clouds

    Sometimes it’s good to have your head in the clouds

    By

    CEO/MD/Owner at CompletelyNovel.com

    What is cloud hosting? Cloud hosting means storing content in a central location where multiple people can access it. When explained like this, it doesn’t quite live up to the rather exotic name (I’m envisaging tea parties with Mary Poppins, supping ambrosia with the Gods of Olympus and other exciting things you might do in a cloud) but it does present some very exciting prospects for the book publishing industry. Read more

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