Join us each Friday when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community focuses on a topic in publishing and the digital dynamic. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
"There is much to unpack here."
That line from The Bookseller's Philip Jones in his lead editorial Friday may have been the understatement of the week.
Join us today, 25th July, when our #FutureChat with The Bookseller's FutureBook community will focus on subscriptions and their place in publishing. We'll be live on Twitter at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
How can aspiring writers gain experience these days? The debut novel, once a fertile hunting ground for publishers in thrall to the new, has become a high-risk game of 13-way auctions and all-or-nothing advances. Sure, publishers used to publish too many debuts, but now worthwhile debuts are being ignored and advances for less than £5,000 have become all too common.
The subscription debate: Publishing's all-you-can-eat concern
With almost the kind of timing that Amazon Prime promises its members, Len Vlahos' Book Industry Study Group (BISG) has arrived to deepen the debate about subscriptions and their potential in publishing.
In a potentially major gain for the ebook-bundling concept, BitLit today is announcing its first deal with a Big Five publisher. HarperCollins (US) has entered what is being described as a pilot programme with the Vancouver-based BitLit to offer discounted ebook editions of print books that readers already own.
Our next #FutureChat, coming Friday (25th July) will be on the topic of subscriptions, same time as usual: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT. We'd be glad to have you join us.
To ease the summer's publishing debates, just hold a #FutureChat, and the biting and bickering become a spirited but friendly exchange of views and counter-views.
Digital book subscription service Safari was founded 13 years ago; it is a joint venture between O’Reilly Media and the Pearson Technology Group. It now has over 150 employees offering more than 27,000 books and videos. Customers pay a monthly subscription, beginning at $24 for individual users, but its primary target is corporate users.
Join us Friday for a #FutureChat session, with my special guest host Laura Hazard Owen from GigaOM. We'll be live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
Publishing is all too often, and all too easily, lambasted for all the things it does not do. But we should also acknowledge what has been happening. What publishers have been trying out and in what areas these initiatives have been working.
"I'm tweeting to #FutureChat as both @NicholasLovell and @Gamesbrief. I'm confusing myself."
Author and gaming-business consultant Nicholas Lovell jumped in with both Twitter accounts for our #FutureChat session on author income, and was joined by many others in a free-wheeling exchange of thoughts.
Today, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
Editor's note: Author Emma Chapman wrote of her plan to drive "from Land's End to St. Andrews" at The Bookseller blogs, describing her month-long trip as "a journey to thank indies for all the work they do on behalf of authors." Based in Indonesia, she arrived in the UK to open her project during Independent Booksellers Week.
Brace for impact
The key survey revelations commissioned by the UK's Authors' Licensing & Collection Society (ALCS) -- with full details to come in the autumn -- can be expected to ratchet up an already acute sense of tension between the US-UK creative corps and the corporate entities that publish it.
Last week The Bookseller published its May e-book ranking, with Head of Zeus once again scooping the top title on the list, The Four Streets having sold 106,528 editions during the month.
Still crazy from the heat
For all the posts, counter-posts, comments, counter-comments, and general online debate generated by the authors' "dueling open letters," as some have called them, our #FutureChat on Friday was a measured, grounded conversation.
Today, Friday, join us for a #FutureChat session, live on Twitter, at 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
Crazy from the heat
Bennett: "Concentration of power"
"The theme of this is really concentration of power and when do we start getting worried?"
Hannah Black, of Diversion Books in New York, is the winner of The Bookseller’s latest Essay writing competition, now sponsored by the Frankfurt Book Fair. Black answered a call put out earlier this year to think about how the reader will interact with books in the future. It seemed to me then, as it does now, that for all the good work done in the innovation space by writers and publishers, it is the reader who will be key to driving demand for these types of products.
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