digital publishing

HarperCollins UK boss wants to take back publishing from smaller digital rivals

By libertyc
November 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

Last week’s The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference sparked some interesting publishing comments from HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne. The comments show some publishers still don’t get it. The story begins with an interview in The Guardian, previewing Redmayne’s remarks and it started [...]

Frankfurt Book Fair proclaims “new era in international publishing”

By libertyc
September 16, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Frankfurt Book Fair, the global publishing industry’s biggest trade show, is busily positioning itself for the digital era in advance of its opening in October. At the customary pre-event press conference, as reported by Germany’s, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair Juergen [...]

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books

By libertyc
September 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it’s no easy task [...]

Futurebook looks to spook 91 percent of publishers with digital disruption headline

By libertyc
August 16, 2013 // 7 Comments

The UK’s Futurebook, the digitally-focused offshoot of The Bookseller, has just put up a highly alarming (or conceivably alarmist) headline: “Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive?” Courtesy of social technology consultant, journalist and blogger Suw [...]

UK Science Museum publishes 'cli-fi' novel as free e-book

By libertyc
July 22, 2013 // 0 Comments

Alison Flood, writing for The Guardian back in April, introduced a novel experiment in climate fiction by the British writer Tony White titled “Shackleton’s Man Goes South.” For a few months the nonfiction narrative/novel has been available as a free download from the [...]

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more

By libertyc
July 18, 2013 // 0 Comments

How Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to [...]

French publishing report shows slow e-book uptake, slower adaptation in France

By libertyc
July 11, 2013 // 3 Comments

The latest Activity Report “L’édition en perspective” (“Publishing in Perspective”) from France’s Syndicat national de l’édition (French Publishers Association) shows relatively modest market share growth for e-books, rising from one percent of the [...]

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint

By libertyc
July 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Former UK music journalist, literary agent, and latterly publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Neil Taylor has just launched his own new digital imprint, Ink Monkey, hailing 2013 as “The Year of the Monkey.” From the company’s launch release come this: “A former [...]

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King's compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch

By Dan Eldridge
July 1, 2013 // 0 Comments

Six Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 kicks off program of e-book-related events

By libertyc
June 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Preparations have begun in Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is the literary component of the Edinburgh Festival, the UK’s biggest annual cultural jamboree, and which this year runs from August 10th to 26th, and showcases 800 authors in over 700 events. Many of the [...]

Profile Books founder Andrew Franklin lays into self-publishing

By libertyc
June 11, 2013 // 8 Comments

UK independent publisher Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, delivered a virulent assault on the current self-publishing environment at the Literary Consultancy conference Writing in a Digital Age in London, as reported in The Guardian. “The overwhelming majority [...]

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press

By libertyc
May 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tartarus Press is “a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks. We have been the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 [...]

Pottermore's Winning Digital Publishing Strategy

By libertyc
May 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Futurebook is reporting that Pottermore, JK Rowling’s portal for all things Harry Potter, was a big winner at The Bookseller Industry Awards. As author Philip Jones explains, the thrust of the message they are hearing now is that there is no longer such a thing as ‘digital [...]

David Gaughran on traditional media exposure for self-publishers

By libertyc
May 13, 2013 // 0 Comments

After reading my review of David Gaughran’s self-help guide to visibility-raising for self-publishers, Let’s Get Visible: How to Get Noticed and Sell More Books, Gaughran himself got in touch with me and outlined some of his views on traditional media exposure and self-publishing. As I [...]

Adobe Sees Steady Growth in Digital Magazines

By libertyc
May 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

Magazines have taken a hit over the years on sales in the marketplace. But we’re talking about physical magazines, the ones where you leaf through actual pages. Companies have moved toward digital magazines as a way to get consumers back, and even find new ones. According to research by Adobe, [...]

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