The Bookseller

Authors Guild President deplores free blogging—but where is the paid blogging?

By Chris Meadows
May 27, 2015 // 2 Comments

Last week, The Bookseller carried an interview with Authors Guild President Roxana Robinson warning that writers should not contribute free work to popular websites in order to gain “exposure.” Robinson holds that that by doing so they are devaluing the efforts of those who write for pay, and [...]

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

Author David Nicholls‘s keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting.” And far be it from me to hold back. So here’s [...]

Cheltenham LitFest comes out in favor of fair pay for authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The topic of fair pay for authors and other speakers participating in literary festivals is one that simply doesn’t ever seem to go away. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago highlighting how, in the words of Susan Hill, “litfests make a lorra lorra money for those who run them” [...]

Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tesco has followed through on widespread predictions, and followed the sale of its Blinkbox video service and telecoms provider platform with the disposal of its other Blinkbox-branded online media ventures, including Blinkbox books. Tesco has sold its streaming music service, Blinkbox Music, to [...]

Where publishers ought to be behind libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

As a recent, rather vexed, letter to the UK Guardian points out, publishers and booksellers facing an apparent decline in appetite for the printed word ought also to be looking to their libraries – and supporting them more. Because it’s a no-brainer to conclude that the more libraries [...]

UK indie bookseller sector not dead yet apparently

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Despite the best efforts of UK business rates and rent setters, and Big Publishing, British independent booksellers appear not to have been killed off yet, but are in fact thriving, at least if a piece in The Bookseller, reporting the results of its own survey, is anything to go by. The [...]

Eoin Purcell Amazon Publishing UK appointment already sees casualty of Amazon/Hachette spat?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

The news, first broached by The Bookseller, that Eoin Purcell, veteran Irish publisher and mainstay of the publishing and digital change debate, has been appointed as leader of the Amazon Publishing team in London, has been greeted with unexpected applause in some quarters – and with some [...]

Do UK writers have a right to protest Scottish independence?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Bookseller is devoting headline space to the contribution by UK authors – most of them neither Scottish nor resident in Scotland – to an open letter signed by “over 200 great names” on behalf of the Let’s Stay Together campaign, which aims to give “a voice to [...]

The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors’ lamentation over the state of … well, author earnings … , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, [...]

Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the context of Joanna Cabot’s recent post asking “Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?”, it’s worth picking up the editorial “Disinterested? Moi?” by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, about the primacy of the [...]

Hugh Howey gets behind self-publishing for literature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey Hugh Howey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the future contribution of self-publishing to literary fiction which seems to have sort of got lost amid all the excitement over his latest AuthorEarnings report and the Hachette/Amazon face-off. It’s no surprise to see him come out [...]

Ernest Hemingway’s work really going digital for the first time?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

A just ever so slightly surprising headline has appeared in The Bookseller, bible of the UK book trade. “Hemingway’s work goes digital for the first time,” it claims. And for one anxiety-inducing moment, I rushed to Amazon to check if it was true. After all, my old Microsoft [...]

Your lads aren’t reading? Blame the girls

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

UK politicians, policy-makers and writers: Got a problem with your male population’s reading habits? Guys too lumpen and anti-intelligent to be good citizens? Workforce too ignorant to be competitive? Well, here’s an easy get-out: blame the women in publishing. Because according to a [...]

Testosterone makes you stupid – if you’re English

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 21, 2014 // 1 Comment

I never thought of stupidity as particularly macho. But then, maybe I’ve lived outside the UK for too long. Because apparently a lot of British men fit that mold. And I’m rather ashamed to link my own gender to this, but the statistics seem to speak for themselves. Or should I have [...]

Amazon Publishing survives Wylie rubbishing, plans 500 titles in UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

Andrew Wylie’s withering dismissal of Amazon Publishing as ‘characterized by its idiocy” seems to have left his target distinctly unwithered. At least if the reports in The Bookseller of its plans for a UK publishing program of 500 titles in 2014 alone are anything to go by. The [...]

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