Articles by Eoin Purcell

Author Services In The Light Of Penguin’s Purchase

By Eoin Purcell
July 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

I started this post back in April, I REALLY wish I’d published it then! Following Penguin’s acquisition of Author Solutions (DBW, The Bookseller) I’ve reworked it somewhat and added a few ideas around that move. It all started at the London Book Fair this year, an event which brought to the [...]

Moving Up The Value Chain: How Digital Publishing Disrupts

By Eoin Purcell
July 13, 2012 // 1 Comment

A good while ago now (nearly 2 and half years I think) I wrote a piece called Whither Publishing In The Twenty Teens? It looked at the changes in publishing which I argued were being driven by digital publishing over the internet. I made a prediction in that post: 3) Quality and curation will [...]

Go Read This | The Quarto Group Chairman’s Statement

By Eoin Purcell
June 28, 2012 // 1 Comment

There are so many reasons to read the chairman’s* statement in The Quarto Group’s latest update. For starters it is well written and as a result, is a pleasure to read. It is also full of gems like this one: Contrary to popular mythology, most people in the developing world are not [...]

Further Thoughts On Waterstones And Amazon

By Eoin Purcell
May 22, 2012 // 4 Comments

Yesterday I wrote a post that was generally favourable to the deal between Amazon and Waterstones: If I was to think of one single reason for the move being a good though I would say it is this, it allows Waterstones to stand still and observe for a little longer. The value of inaction is often [...]

Go Read This | Serious Nonfiction in the Digital Age

By Eoin Purcell
May 10, 2012 // 3 Comments

Great piece. And one that warrants a solid response, which I will think on before I write anything else: So when digital evangelists prognosticate about the future of publishing, as they love to do, and about what ‘needs’ to go away, serious nonfiction is now one of the first things I think [...]

On THE Platform And What That Means

By Eoin Purcell
May 2, 2012 // 2 Comments

When you look at this ebook game from a distance it seems to make a little sense: 1) Microsoft & NewCo. = Content, Device, Apps + possible future Mobile play via Nokia & Windows 8 2) Apple = Content+ Device, Apps + Mobile play 3) Amazon = Content, Device, Apps + Whispersync making Mobile [...]

I Think Publishers Have Lost The Battle & The War

By Eoin Purcell
April 14, 2012 // 4 Comments

The thing about the end of Agency is that it’s not over. That is to say that the rearguard action by the legacy publishing establishment isn’t finished. And make no mistake, Agency Pricing and the rules and agreements that supported it were an attempt to stop the clock and buy the [...]

This Scares Me: Amazon plans to launch 2 tablet PCs in 2H12

By Eoin Purcell
March 8, 2012 // 3 Comments

It’s a slightly unsettling and sinking feeling I get whenever I hear discussion about booksellers and others moving away from E-Ink based ereaders towards tablets. It’s not a hatred of backlit screens and the like, in fact I like them quite a bit. Rather it’s that such a move is an implicit [...]

Why Storia Is Important

By Eoin Purcell
March 7, 2012 // 1 Comment

You may have read this piece (or one of the several pieces on the topic) yesterday or this morning: Storia is in beta now and available for Windows PC through the website; an iPad version is coming later this month. The app itself is free and comes with five free e-books. A store contains over [...]

Gill & Macmillan Start Releasing Ebooks

By Eoin Purcell
March 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

One of Ireland top trade publishers has started releasing ebooks. Gill & Macmillan has begun releasing its immediate front list and popular backlist titles on Amazon’s Kindle platform. Beginning with a  batch of eight released in December 2011, the publisher has now released 19 titles in [...]

Irish Ebook Sales: Radio Interview Shifts Kindle Edition

By Eoin Purcell
February 24, 2012 // 3 Comments

In an interesting shift, an Irish radio interview has led to an ebook edition of a book spiking on Amazon’s bestseller lists. Constable author, Tim Newark, whose book, The Fighting Irish was the subject of a Pat Kenny interview Wednesday 22nd February. By the end of the day the book had climbed [...]

The Growth Of The UK Ebook Market

By Eoin Purcell
February 15, 2012 // 0 Comments

Really fascinating glimpse of the development of the UK ebook business from BML/Bowker (as a teaser for their annual conference in March): The survey also looks at how the e-book industry fares by genre. The adult fiction market saw spectacular e-book growth in 2011, up from 2.8% of purchases in [...]

Ebooks Are Boring? So What?

By Eoin Purcell
January 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

Nick Atkinson has an interesting post over on FutureBook this morning. In it he asks three questions he feels people aren’t asking about ebooks. The ones he hits on are: EBooks  aren’t actually that exciting, so why are people buying them? Why am I rubbish at selling books online? Where the [...]

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