Here be ‘unprofessionals’ “Writing offline” seems almost an odd phrase today. You’ll find it—online—in Words Unwired, a commentary by Lorin Stein in the New York Times Sunday Book Review. We understand, of course, when he gets to the even odder term, “unprofessional,” that Stein, The Paris Review editor, is writing in support of the book he has edited,… Read More
2016 #FutureChat: Make a wish
How do you like 2016 so far? Not that long ago, in a #FutureChat not that far away, we asked you what you considered to have been the high points of 2015 for publishing. Today, we’re looking for something a little more (or less) than a prediction: What would you like to see become a… Read More
BitLit expands bundling in audiobook partnership with Findaway
‘Freedom across formats’ Fast on the heels of announcing last week’s deal for ebook bundling with Springer, Vancouver-based BitLit today is announcing an expansion to include audiobooks as in its bundled offerings. A partnership with US audiobook distributor Findaway is the key to this late-year development. Based in Solon, Ohio, Findaway is bringing audiobook bundling of… Read More
Your 2015 high points
Let’s do the time warp again Then Amazon switched to per-page payouts on KDP Select. Right? And then Amazon changed it to different per-page rates for various territories. And then Amazon opened a physical bookstore. Run for your life! (If the latest Shelf Awareness account of reactions to that bit of bricks and mortar is right,… Read More
Does writing matter in a 'not book'?
‘Writing created for a digital space’ Late in her review of The Pickle Index for The FutureBook, Ami Greko tells us that Eli Horowitz and Russell Quinn (who, as Sudden Oak, also produced The Silent History) have given us another case in which the writing that forms the narrative spine of this new digital interactive storytelling… Read More
FutureBook's chairs, warming up with questions
Conference update: Bookings close this weekend for FutureBook 2015, hurry to get one of the remaining seats at Mermaid London for the event, which is a week from today, 4th December. Our hashtag for that one: #FutureBook15 And on Monday (30th November), follow speakers and delegates at Author Day on hashtag #AuthorDay, the kickoff to The FutureBook 2015… Read More
Which #BookTech player is your favourite?
What the world needs now is…. An aggregator of a book lover’s print and digital bookshelves? “The YouTube of storytelling”? A curated marketplace for publishing professionals? You tell us in #FutureChat today. Those are some of the FutureBook BookTech Awards that journalist Molly Flatt has been profiling for weeks here at The FutureBook. On 4th December… 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