Any story that's designed to combine 'multiple narratives, simultaneously delivered through interactive experiences' will always catch my attention.
The Bookseller Children's Conference showed what a curate's egg the kids market has become.
Print is growing and sales of physical children's books are on course to record their biggest year ever through bookshop tills - thanks in large part to offshoots of digital phenomena such as Minecraft, and playground crazes such as loom-banding.
Meanwhile, the kids are increasingly active online, both in terms of their use of social media as well as access to tablets and mobile devices.
"Join the crowd" on Friday meant jumping in on our #FutureChat conversation with The FutureBook.net community about all things crowd-ish -- crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, a crowded season of releases and new ideas.
Even as I create this recap, an email has arrived offering "your very own piece of PeerIndex!" (Exclamation point theirs.) The London-based social analytics platform PiQ, the solicitation announces, is "crowdfunding the investment we need" -- a £500k goal with £411,720 already pledged, apparently, on a 10-percent equity offering.
Join us today (Friday) for a #FutureChat session with The Bookseller’s FutureBook.net community. Our topic, in part prompted by the news of Advance Editions here, is "crowds and power," as Elias Canetti might have had it. Crowd-sourcing, crowd-funding...how can these approaches play out in publishing? Have you used them? What were your results? Please jump in: We’ll be live on Twitter, at 4 p.m.
With all the pleasure any good teenager has in proving his elders wrong, the 16-to-24-year-old age group might seem at times to delight in confusing marketers.
And at Thursday's The Bookseller Children's Conference, in London, some of Luke Mitchell's comments to the audience will help sort out what may be behind that demographic's role in publishing's fastest-growing sector.
The conference hashtag is #kidsconf14 -- a good one to follow Thursday.
For a writer, it’s a seductive proposition: you are the authority on your subject, and all you need is the guidance of an experienced professional in London or New York to help hone your text; add in the services of a competent copy editor and your book will be perfect.
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.