• When Steve Did Jeff A Favour

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    They're called anchors, and Apple is very, very good at making them.Dan Ariely's book, Predictably Irrational, introduced me to the concept of anchors. It's a very handy one to have floating around (arf).Basically: an anchor is the item you compare everything else with. For example, Volkswagen has been running a campaign based on the idea that everyone uses the Golf as an anchor to judge hatchbacks in the UK.  Read more

  • Comparing Apples to Amazons

    Comparing Apples to Amazons

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    So a few milestones for Amazon over the last week and a bit, then. First it announced that Kindle book sales were up three fold for the first three months of 2010 over 2009, and Kindle books now exceed hardcover sales. Now it says that Stieg Larsson has become the first member of its Kindle Million Club, selling over a million e-books through the Kindle Store. Read more

  • Cheap as chips or pie in the sky

    Cheap as chips or pie in the sky

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Last Thursday the Indian government unveiled a prototype of an iPad-like touch-screen tablet device (with the rather unfortunate name Sakshat) and a price tag of only 1600 rupees (£23). The country's human resource development Minister Kapil Sibal said a manufacturer was being sought for the gadget, with students targeted as the main end user. Plans are being mooted to roll out 110 million of the devices to school children by 2011. Read more

  • ORGanising dissent: a call for a more Open digital debate

    ORGanising dissent: a call for a more Open digital debate

    By Dan Franklin

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

    I got up early(ish) on Saturday to attend ORGCon, a conference organised by the Open Rights Group. I wanted to go because the ORG seem to provide a much-needed bridging point between the most vocal sector of digital consumer, activists and commentators, many happy to brand themselves as geeks, and government. The ORG organises, and is organised by, digital zealots who believe in the rights of the creative and the consumer. Read more

  • The end in sight for ebook DRM?

    The end in sight for ebook DRM?

    By John Pettigrew

    Other at Cambridge University Press

    Digital rights management (DRM) is a controversial topic, and a US judgement may have dealt it a serious blow. The music industry once made much of how DRM would enable a vibrant music business to thrive in the face of easy redistribution of digital music files on the web, but in the end it pretty much died and most major stores (including Apple's iTunes) no longer impose DRM. The publishing industry is now struggling with the same issues, and many people are pinning their hopes on DRM to shore up their business models. The question is, will it work any better for us? Read more

  • The only way is up

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Have we reached the digital royalties tipping point yet? Minds have certainly been focused by Andrew Wylie's launch of Odyssey Editions, and that exclusive two-year deal with Amazon, which as HarperCollins UK chief executive Victoria Barnsley noted in a news piece on theBookseller.com this morning, leaves Amazon as "the only winners". Read more

  • 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

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