BiblioBoard, Pressbooks partner on library-based self-publishing

‘A much stronger role for the library in the future of the book’ US library digital patron-services provider BiblioBoard and Canadian online book-production specialist Pressbooks are forming a new partnership called Pressbooks Public, designed to let libraries offer e-book-publishing services to their local authors. The timing of the coordinated effort by Pressbooks and BiblioBoard is significant: the beta version… Read More

#FutureChat today: Have we manifested your concern?

Emma Barnes and Alastair Horne to present their manifestos at FutureBook 2015 We’re delighted today to announce that the #FutureBook15 manifestos chosen for presentation at The FutureBook 2015 Conference on the 4th of December at the Mermaid in London are those by Alastair Horne of Cambridge University Press and Emma Barnes of Bibliocloud and Snowbooks.… Read More

#AuthorDay – ask-the-agents

Friday 3-5 p.m. GMT live on Twitter, hashtag #AuthorDay The Author Day conference on 30th November at 30 Euston Square in London has become a double-barreled event, thanks to the generosity and cooperation of several key supporters of the effort. Our central issues-driven discussion at the core of the conference will be ringed with one-on-one meetings with: Editors… Read More

'Magnificent manifestos' on the way to FutureBook 2015

‘This chance for change’ At our FutureBook 2015 Conference on the 4th of December, we will hear from two writers of our manifestos on the future of the book business. Those two “manifestistas” will be announced in coming days, and in the meantime, we will be contacting all contributors of published manifestos with a special offer for… Read More

Divisions and support at #AuthorDay

Open submissions, face-to-face feedback New developments in our Author Day (#AuthorDay) planning for 30th November are helping us to bring elements of practical author support, one-on-one networking, and advice into the mix alongside our issues-driven core discussions. Quickly: Publishers and editors from Pan Macmillan and from HarperCollins’ divisions Harper Fiction, The Borough Press and Harlequin will… Read More

What makes a good indie book cover?

Duck and cover By this time next year, there will not be fewer mobiles in the world; there will not be fewer videos uploaded to YouTube; or fewer ebooks published; or fewer tweets sent into the ether. There will not be fewer authors—and there may not be any more readers. That’s my colleague Philip Jones… Read More

In The Path Of An Avalanche: #AuthorDay

Early Bird pricing ends Friday, 30th October. (Saves £30.) Members of the Alliance of Independent Authors and Society of Authors have special discounts, as well. Hurry to book your seats. Truth Be Told The conference we are calling #AuthorDay might be subtitled “Snowmakers in Time of Avalanche”. Publishing’s output has far exceeded a figure we can accurately gauge, but… Read More

Calling For Updated Writer-Payment Practices: Authors Guild & Society of Authors

‘By Forcing The Issue In Book Contracts’ The US Authors Guild is making common cause this month with its counterparts across the Atlantic, the Society of Authors. These are lead advocacy bodies for the creative communities of the world’s two largest trade-publishing markets. And the Guild and the Society are speaking with unusual harmony, candor, and… Read More

#AuthorDay: What divides us?

Of “trade” and “the Trade” Today we’re making the “programme reveal” for the inaugural FutureBook Author Day conference (#AuthorDay), which is set for Monday, 30th November. It’s on the 30th at the 30th, 30 Euston Square, headquarters of the Royal College of General Practitioners, we’ll all be healthier for it. Our programme should appear, if… Read More

At Frankfurt: Can books find true fans?

Fanning the flames When asking Pan Macmillan’s Naomi Bacon to join us at Frankfurt Book Fair’s Business Club for a discussion of “hardcore fandom” and books in our “Hug the Alien” series of events, I hadn’t counted on getting video in the bargain. But we got it, and it’s good stuff.   Bacon, with the… Read More