• What's the point?

    By John Pettigrew

    Other at Cambridge University Press

    Education is an odd place in some ways, particularly the schools market. It's often very into all things digital - interactive whiteboards, whole-class software, virtual learning environments, collaborative working - but is also cautious and even reactionary. In the UK political arena, we had e-learning credits, BECTA, Building Schools for the Future. But e-learning credits stopped years ago, and the new Government has abolished BECTA and cut short the BSF programme. Education budgets are stretched so tight that you can hear every penny squeak as it's spent. Read more

  • Random sabre rattling

    Random sabre rattling


    Rights professional at Shiel Land

    Peter Cox is clearly determined to exhibit no false shame when he articulated the thought that will have crossed the mind of most of the other literary agents in the English speaking world this morning: will Andrew Wylie be able to hold on to his clients now that Random House have turned their big guns on the Wylie agency for having the temerity t Read more

  • Profile: Robin Harvie, publisher at HarperCollins commissioning non-fiction print and digital

    Profile: Robin Harvie, publisher at HarperCollins commissioning non-fiction print and digital

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I am pulling together profile pieces from digital publishing professionals. The profiles explain job responsibilities and all of the digital touch points within the different roles. I would like profiles from professionals covering all areas of the industry. If you would like to be involved, please email me at sam.missingham@bookseller.co.uk. This is Robin Harvie's profile, he is a publisher at HarperCollins commissioning non-fictions and digital projects across both the 4th Estate list and The Friday Project. Read more

  • How wily was Wylie?


    This morning's news that The Wylie Agency has launched a digital imprint, which will sell e-books exclusively through Amazon, is one of those unsurprising surprises, to paraphrase the former US secretary of defence Donald Rumsfeld.  Read more

  • Wylie in Digi-Land: Does it make sense?

    Wylie in Digi-Land: Does it make sense?


    The most provocative moment this month, from my point of view (and these are my personal views, not those of the company for which I work), is what we may as well come to refer to as the ‘Wylie Moment’. Read more

  • Twitter times

    Twitter times

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    CUP's Alastair Horne wrote last week in this space about how the #dearpublisher hashtag was developing a digital conversation directed at publishers on Twitter. Over the past few days my colleague Victoria Gallagher has been asking (offline) for publisher responses to the conversation. Read more

  • Conspiracy for Good: transmedia storytelling

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    Transmedia project Conspiracy For Good goes live in London tomorrow. Peter Law explains more about transmedia storytelling and Augmented Reality Games and the opportunities for the book trade: Publishers interested in digital possibilities for the book are probably thinking of telling stories across several media platforms, known as transmedia storytelling. Read more

  • Coffee anyone? Futurebook hangover

    Coffee anyone? Futurebook hangover

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I suspect I may not be the only one nursing a tiny hangover this morning. Futurebook held its inaugural drinks last night in Soho. And, as with all good publishing parties, promptly drank the bar dry. We had hoped for a diverse group of digital people to come along and you didn't let us down.I had so many amazing chats with you all, a few that have stuck in my mind:- the designer from Penguin was there to discuss how digital will impact on cover design- developers showing me prototype iPad apps- a new audio-book app due to launch very soon Read more

  • Apps for Sound History

    Apps for Sound History

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

     Capturing the Sounds of Sheffield using a bright new audio social networking app Read more

  • #dearpublisher: an open letter to the industry

    #dearpublisher: an open letter to the industry


    In a blogpost here at Futurebook, shortly after this year's London Book Fair, Sam Missingham, the Bookseller's unofficial “chief twitterer”, suggested that UK publishing was using Twitter to engage in a conversation that embraced “authors and their fans, librarians and publishers, booksellers and agents”. Read more

  • We are the champions, my friends

    We are the champions, my friends

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    I spent the last two weeks in a bucolic idyll in the foothills of the Pyrenees—fields of sunflowers and lavender, salt of the earth rustics and haystacks straight out of a Millet painting. Read more

  • Right you are...

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    How are rights shifting in the digital age? Last month I attended a Publishers Information Day, organised by the German software company Klopotek, which offered some insights into how the old ways of dividing up rights are being challenged. As Klopotek said: "The definition of pubrights and subrights is becoming more and more granular as most authors and agents no longer agree to the good old: 'all rights, for all languages, for all territories' anymore." Read more

  • Of lobsters and pandas (and Google)

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    So here we all are, waiting.We're waiting for Judge Chin to rule in one way or another on the GBS, and even when he does there will no doubt be further wrangling. I'm obviously not a fan of the proposed settlement, which strikes me as liable to bring about the end of the world through rains of pudding and exploding frogs, or at least mess up the IP landscape in a hugely in-equitable and unhelpful way at a time when clarity is really important.  Read more

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