• Who is publishing what on the iPad . . .

    Who is publishing what on the iPad . . .

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Some great work here on how publishing on the iPad is evolving (in the US at least). There are 46,000 (paid and free) books available through the iBooks app, O'Reilly tell us, a third of which are fiction titles. The founding five publishers dominate the output with Penguin top dog with 24% of all iBooks. Read more

  • DRM is not all that

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    I see why Digital Rights Management seems like a good idea.It tries to turn digital products back into old-fashioned rivalrous, excludable goods, which would make the move to digital much less challenging. The trouble is that it's a bit of a disaster area.First, because what can be encrypted can be decrypted. Read more

  • Mobile me

    Mobile me

    By Jane Tappuni

    Agent at Publishing Technology

    If we are to believe the research,  according to Forrester over 3 million e readers were sold in 2009 in the USA, which would suggest that 1 in 100 people in the US have bought a device. Read more

  • One million and only going one way

    One million and only going one way

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    More than one million iPads have been sold in the US, according to an estimate on the Chitika website. The number is double Apple's figures from its first week's sales. Apple has yet to update its sales number though according to various Mac-centric websites an announcment that it has sold more than one million units is pending. Read more

  • Publishing does not exist in isolation  . . .

    Publishing does not exist in isolation . . .

    By Nick Harkaway

    Other at self

    Repeat after me: publishing does not exist in isolation. I say this now because these blogs will rightly get very focused on ebook prices, unlawful copying and DRM, the timing of ebook release with reference to the hardback, the Amazon and Apple sales models, enhanced texts, and half a dozen other really interesting and troublesome issues.  Read more

  • A Figes leaf

    A Figes leaf

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    I was amused at the weekend seeing historians in a high dudgeon over the Orlando Figes Amazon affair, it bringing to mind the old saw that academic politics are the most vicious and bitter form of politics, because the stakes are so low. Read more

  • Twitter takes a seismic shift at #LBF10

    Twitter takes a seismic shift at #LBF10

    By Sam Missingham

    Other at The Bookseller

    The volcanic ash may still be settling over the London Book Fair but, in my opinion, this year has seen Twitter finally (and forgive the endless analogy) erupt over London Book Fair. Read more

  • Introducing the PocketBook 360

    Introducing the PocketBook 360

    By Felicity Wood

    Deputy features editor at The Bookseller

    Ukrainian company PocketBook has delivered its second e-book reader to the market, the PocketBook 360. An efficient and functional device the PB 360 is both easy to use and easy to read. It is also a nifty little thing: managing to show off a five-inch screen whilst still weighing in at a positively anorexic 150g. Fully charged it can also keep going for about two weeks (based on 3 hours of use a day) making it ideal for commuters.  Read more

  • Not so big in Japan

    Not so big in Japan

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    Businessweek is reporting that Amazon and Kodansha—the largest publisher in Japan—are in talks to bring the Kindle to Japan. Japan has an interesting e-book market, having almost bypassed the dedicated e-reader completely. Amazon is still weighing whether to jump into the market, though it perhaps should note that Osaka-based Panasonic and Tokyo-based Sony stopped selling their dedicated e-readers in their home countries in 2008 and 2007 respectively. Read more

  • Another day, another tablet

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    I do love Alessi—you know, the Italian high-endish designers who specialise in kitchenware. Well, the company is the latest to get into the tablet game, announcing its AlessiTAB at the Salon Internazionale del Mobile in Milan a few days ago. Read more

  • The neverending story

    By Tom Tivnan

    Managing editor at The Bookseller

    The show went on at yesterday's London Book Fair digital conference, despite the absence of—conservatively—about 50 of the expected 200 plus delegates. But while many overseas delegates remained grounded by Icelandic volcanic ash, one of the overriding themes was about getting publishing moving. Time and again, speakers exhorted the conference to experiment with new models and different platforms and, crucially, in the words of the Publishing Technology c.e.o. George Lossius, the industry needs to be "much more nimble and fleet of foot in the world of laptops and mobiles". Read more

  • LBF Digital Conference

    LBF Digital Conference

    By Philip Jones

    Editor at The Bookseller

    Oddly enough before the volcanic ash intervened the London Book Fair's digital conference was a sell-out: as it was about 150 of the 200 prospective delegates attended with The Bookseller's associate editor Benedicte Page saying that the standout thing for her was how everyone was really beginning to "grapple" with the issues rather than just talking about them. "It is moving into the mainstream: how to change and engage," Ben told FutureBook. Read more

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