Last week The Bookseller reported that big Publishers in the US are giving away $250m in free e-books as part of the Obama scheme. While this is a great initiative that will make children with low-income families (but who can afford e-readers) have easier access to discovering reading, this alone will not be not enough. Yes, it is tempting to throw money (or free books) at the problem, but doing so only creates a temporary fix. If we truly want to get to the root of the problem, we have to dig deeper.
Richard Nash is a strategist and serial entrepreneur in culture and media. He advises numerous start-ups in digital media and consults with corporations on using narrative to grow their business.
We asked Eleanor, one of our favourite editors, to tell us about her freelancer routine and to give us her tips on how to increase productivity.
We asked Emma Barnes, Founder & CEO of Bibliocloud and MD of Snowbooks, some questions on Bibliocloud, programming and entrepreneurship in publishing.
Hugh McGuire is the founder of Pressbooks.com, a simple tool to make professionally-designed print books and ebooks. He has been building new ways to merge book culture and technology since founding LibriVox.org — the world’s largest library of free public domain audiobooks in 2005.He also is the co-author of “Book: a Futurist’s Manifesto” (with Brian O’Leary) and helped to start the BookCamps in Toronto, Montreal, New York and Melbourne.
Everyone loves a good disintermediation story. So, we read, writers have suddenly started to bypass agents in order to find the latest bestseller. The truth as we all know is that such dances started to be choreographed some while back. In 2008, Harper Collins UK launched the Authonomy community site, encouraging writers to upload their manuscript and expose it to peer review. The objective was to “ beat the slush “ with the promise that editors would review manuscripts which critiqued well on the platform.
Paula Hawkins The Girl on the Train has broken through. It is and will continue to be a global publishing phenomenon this year. It’s terrific. But then lots of books are. Why this one? Is it as simple as people are looking for the next thriller with Girl in the title?
There’s more to self publishing than just writing the book. Promotion is almost as important as putting pen to paper, but many authors don’t know where to start. Luckily there are a few relatively simple tricks you can employ to give your book a better shot at commercial success. […]
With the news today that Tesco are off loading the loss-making Blinkbox and with Jeff Bezos seemingly staring at a warehouse full of Fire Phones it begs the question, how can even the most successful businesses end up writing off millions in their quest to innovate and compete in particular market sectors where they have previously not traded?