Join us Friday for a #FutureChat session with The Bookseller’s FutureBook community. 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.
If you walked into publishing right now and stopped one of us to ask, "What's the healthiest, happiest part of the business to get into?" -- the answer you well might get is "children's books!"
The exclamation point would be there, yes. They're a generally exuberant lot these days, the children's books folks.
Pushback and pull forward...If there had been any doubt about the scepticism encountered around digital cookbooks, you could find some verification in The FutureBook.net community's #FutureChat on publishing innovation.
Alta Editions' Chris McBride, in our walkup to the #FutureChat, had spoken of how the cookbook sector has seemed to lag some other parts of the books industry in digital development.
"Your ignorance is stunning!"...That line got one of my Twitter followers muted recently. And she has stayed muted. And she will stay muted. I only regret that I have but one chance to mute her. Despite this follower's flattery -- I'd never speak of my own ignorance in such vaunted terms -- she is one author I will not deal with again.
She's a type of Twitter personality you may know, too.
Join The FutureBook community Friday in a live #FutureChat about innovation in publishing. Where do we see it? Where do we need it? We'll be 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.
Do you remember the fall of the Berlin Wall? The inauguration of President Obama? The assassination of JFK?
Now in their fifth year, the FutureBook Innovation Awards are once again open for business.
The awards are The Bookseller’s annual opportunity to review and reward the changing face of digital publishing. Previous winners (see lists below) are a roll-call of industry-redefining stepping stones, from Faber’s 2010 best app, Solar System, to 2011’s best start-up, Unbound.
Nobody came forward to say we have too much books data. The fact that we cannot see the size and shape of the publishing industry today, however, strikes some as more problematic than others.
And shortly after The FutureBook.net community's #FutureChat on the problem of missing data, I was reminded once more of how many folks don't even realize that we're in the dark.
In the graphics for Reedsy, you sometimes spot "cattails," as we call them in the sea islands of South Carolina. Reeds.
Thus one can go into an interview here hoping that the cutesy name for this new company isn't a misspelling of "read."
Join us Friday on Twitter for our weekly #FutureChat, this week on data and the marketplace -- your input will be welcome: 4 p.m. London time, 11 a.m. New York time, 8 a.m. Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Berlin, 3 p.m. GMT.
Is the paperback format pulped? Last year, the value of sales in the format dipped below £1 billion for the first time in a decade and Adult Fiction’s £263.7m paperback sales represented the lowest ever recorded by BookScan. In the digital era of publishing and bookselling, the future of the paperback format and how and when books are made available for consumption are among the most pertinent questions - as the entire industry adjusts its sales expectations and analyses how readers interact with the formats now available.
What might have been an hour or so of complaint and commiseration became -- in the tweeting hands of The FutureBook community -- something more hopeful and more nuanced than some would have predicted.
Editor's note: The FutureBook community’s Eric Briys, co-founder of France’s Cyberlibris, has provided us with this extensive discussion of ebook subscription services. We have it for you in two parts, of which this is the second.
Editor's note: The FutureBook community’s Eric Briys, co-founder of France’s Cyberlibris, has provided us with this extensive discussion of ebook subscription services. We have it for you in two parts.
• Today: How does (should) subscription really work? Data, pricing and money talk
• Tomorrow: Is there life beyond (proper) pricing? The hidden treasure of reading data
Friday (22nd August) after our good #FutureChat exchange about the recent protests of Amazon's negotiating tactics, one of our FutureBook community members noticed that the #UK's "Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store" ranking seemed to be top-heavy with a group of Amazon Publishing titles.
In fact, these titles doing so well on the list were all books published by Amazon Publishing imprints. And they were the same titles, in fact, that the mobile-service company EE was offering in a free-Kindle-ebook promotion.
Oil and water...The general pattern, of course, has been simple: many bookshops, objecting to Amazon's effects on the industry, have declined to carry books from Amazon Publishing imprints.
Amazon officials confirm to The FutureBook that downloads of #Kindle ebooks from Amazon Publishing imprints made available free of charge to customers in a telephone-company promotion have temporarily skewed the UK's 'Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store' rankings at Amazon.co.uk.
"Operating within their online world" ... In an increasingly digital world, children’s and YA publishers have to market their books using social media platforms.