Futurebook

  • The sound of heels being dug in

    The sound of heels being dug in

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Earlier this week we reported how uber agent Andrew Wylie was holding back digital rights because he didn't like the deals on the table, and wasn't particularly taken with "machine"-makers like Apple. My colleague Ben canvassed some UK agents to see if they had similar views, and the responses are in this week's new-look Bookseller (get a copy for yourself here). Read more

  • Jeff Bezos vs George Walkley

    Jeff Bezos vs George Walkley

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Not literally of course, but recent comments by the founder of Amazon.com and Hachette UK's head of digital make plain that we are already at a cross-roads in how we publish digital books. Read more

  • Case Study: Headline discuss using social media for PR

    Case Study: Headline discuss using social media for PR

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I am pulling together a series of case studies from publishers, authors and booksellers looking at their use of social media. If you'd like to be involved please email me at: sam.missingham@bookseller.co.uk . Maura Brickell, Publicity Manager for Headline, discusses how they are using social media for book PR: Read more

  • Profile: George Walkley, Head of Digital for Hachette UK

    Profile: George Walkley, Head of Digital for Hachette UK

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I am pulling together profile pieces from digital publishing professionals. The profiles explain their job responsibilities and all of the digital touch points within their 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.ukI am delighted that our first Futurebook profile is of George Walkley, Head of Digital for Hachette UK. Here is George's profile: Read more

  • Is Publishing Football?

    Is Publishing Football?

    By P COX

    Agent at

    As the post mortem gets under way into yesterday's [insert disparaging word here] defeat of England by Germany's only-average football team - a process that is likely to be at least as ugly as the game itself - let's pause for a moment to consider what life lessons we may learn from the whole sorry schbang. Read more

  • Can't get no satisfaction (from publishers)

    Can't get no satisfaction (from publishers)

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    In an interview in Harvard Magazine agent Andrew Wylie threatens to make real what many publishers fear: disintermediation. Wylie, often described as "the most feared and most influential authors’ representatives in the world of Anglo-American publishing”, does not much like the deals publishers are making on behalf of authors with "machine"-makers such as Apple, and is "dissatisfied" with the terms publishers have been offering for e-book rights. Read more

  • Case Study: Orbit Books talk social media

    Case Study: Orbit Books talk social media

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I am going to run a series of case studies from publishers, authors, booksellers looking at their use of social media. If you'd like to be involved please email me at: sam.missingham@bookseller.co.ukEmily Rowland, marketing manager for Orbit Books, talks us through their social media strategy.Orbit is a Science Fiction & Fantasy imprint from Little, Brown. Orbitbooks.net Read more

  • Semantic Web Explained - simply

    Semantic Web Explained - simply

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

    Here is a nice simple step by step intro to the Semantic Web - watch it and then you can speak with athourity on the subject! Read more

  • FutureBook launches monthly digital drinks night

    FutureBook launches monthly digital drinks night

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    I'm very excited to announce our first FutureBook digital drinks night 'Book to The Future'. To be held on 15th July in Soho, London. An informal night for everyone in digital publishing to connect in the real world.I'd like these nights to reflect the broad spectrum of companies and people driving digital publishing. So the night is aimed at: Read more

  • City strolls... digital style.

    City strolls... digital style.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Clay Interactive Ltd is taking on the might of the A-Z with the development of two interactive city tour guide apps for the iPhone: The Unofficial Beatles’ Liverpool and The Sherlock Holmes Guide to London.  Read more

  • The FirstyGroup is 'Appy to serve publishers' needs.

    The FirstyGroup is 'Appy to serve publishers' needs.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Digital publishing solutions company FirstyGroup has signed a partnership with Kiwa Media to sell their QBook applications for the iPhone and iPad to publishers. The FirstyGroup already offers a straight e-book conversion service for publishers.  Read more

  • Winged Chariot publishes 2nd picture book app.

    Winged Chariot publishes 2nd picture book app.

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    On Thursday Winged Chariot released its second picture book app of the iPhone and iPad. Similar to the first title, Emma Loves Pink, The Birthday by Sylvia Van Ommen and Maurice van de Bij is a cute book for animal loving youngsters.The Dutch pair drew and designed the picture book especially for the Phone and iPad which offers read aloud text in English, Dutch and Japanese. The app is available in all itunes stores and is priced at $2.99, £1.79 or €2.39. Read more

  • Send out your dinghies & test the unchartered waters

    Send out your dinghies & test the unchartered waters

    By Sam Missingham

    Agent at Missingham Comp

    There is a tradition and legacy that has upheld publishing houses for years - the ‘it’s worked great so far’ structure, architecture and acumen that comes with years of experience.  Publishers could be seen as huge motherships, or even self-contained, branded cruiseliners, sailing through the familiar waters of acquiring content, filtering, shaping, branding and then navigating the route to distribution.   Read more

  • View on ebook length

    By James Woollam

    CEO/MD/Owner at F&W Media International

    News that cheap and discounted ebooks dominate the ibookstore should perhaps come as no suprise as consumers trial book buying through the ipad.This contributes to an assertion I've been making about the optimum size and price of ebooks. Read more

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