Of communities and writing quality

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 0 Comments

On Futurebook, Porter Anderson has been doing a lot of thinking about the writing community lately. In particular, they’re wondering whether “community” is a good or bad thing. “Community” can have a lot of shades of meaning when it comes to writing. For example, there are shared [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the question that has been on many publishers’ lips ever since Amazon first started selling e-books: “Are [...]

The writer as entrepreneur: Old news?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the UK Bookseller’s Futurebook section, Tom Chalmers asks: “Where to put the entrepreneur in publishing?” with particular emphasis on the more entrepreneurial aspects of self-publishing. In these digitally disrupted times, it seems, the entrepreneurial spirit is a panacea for [...]

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?

By Chris Meadows
January 22, 2014 // 2 Comments

What is the answer to allow publishers to compete in the new world of the Internet on their own terms? On Futurebook, author Jeff Norton proposes that the publishing industry should do what the airline industry did in creating Orbitz, or the broadcast TV industry did in creating Hulu: create their [...]

A reply to Futurebook: Up with disruption!

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

Over on Futurebook, Chris McCrudden has just published a piece entitled “Down with Disruption,” taking issue with the applicability – and value – of the whole principle of digital disruption in publishing. Some of his insights make a lot of sense. Some I wouldn’t touch [...]

Open letter to the Big Six publishers: Have you learned anything?

By Chris Meadows
July 13, 2013 // 14 Comments

The publishing industry is all screwed up, and whose fault is that? Perhaps at least partly the fault of all the publishing execs who are stepping down right around now, blogger Agent Orange suggests in a post on FutureBook entitled “The Elephant in the Graveyard.” While they did great things [...]

Pottermore's Winning Digital Publishing Strategy

By Joanna Cabot
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 [...]

What today’s publishers could learn from Charles Dickens

By Chris Meadows
January 23, 2012 // 3 Comments

FutureBook has a post looking at the relevance of Charles Dickens to present-day publishing. Dickens, Martyn Daniels writes, wrote and published many stories in installments in pamphlets prior to publishing them in completed form. The ad revenue from the installments helped to support him while he [...]

Kyobo Reader does color e-ink – but does it matter?

By Chris Meadows
November 26, 2011 // 5 Comments

FutureBook looks at South Korean company Kyobo’s new color “e-ink” reader, whose Mirasol screen has the same read-in-direct-sunlight capability as black and white e-ink. The device has a 5.7” 1024×768 pixel video-capable multitouch touchscreen, wifi, and English-language [...]

FutureBook conference to take place in London on December 5

By Paul Biba
November 16, 2011 // 0 Comments

From their site.  Check it out for more info: FutureBook 2011 is beginning to look like a who’s who of digital publishing. Today we are pleased to announce that our already stellar cast of leading thinkers, strategists, publishers, retailers and developers will be joined by the incoming [...]

The book is not dying but evolving

By Chris Meadows
August 30, 2011 // 2 Comments

FutureBook ran a piece today by Philip Jones intended as an antidote to all the gloom and doom about the future of the publishing industry that has been going around of late. It seems that a lot of journalists have been reporting on the book’s impending demise, when in fact the book is not dying [...]

Future of Publishing conference looks to the future of publishing

By Chris Meadows
July 27, 2011 // 0 Comments

Futurebook has an article looking at a recent discussion in Soho held as part of a “Future of Publishing” conference series. As the piece points out, it seems like you can’t turn around without running into another conference or other event trying to determine how to deal with the “future [...]

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