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

At Frankfurt: AmazonCrossing's new $10 million translation bid

Interviewing Sarah Jane Gunter at Frankfurt Book Fair’s Business Club This story was written for Wednesday’s (14th October) “Hug the Alien” session at Frankfurt Book Fair.  In a move that answers a constant question both from independent authors and from publishers, AmazonCrossing has announced that it now is accepting submissions. The news comes with word of… Read More

Setting A Compass: Those FutureBook Manifestos In A Storm-Tossed Industry

Sinking Into The Pubslush Years into publishing’s encounter with the digital dynamic, it’s  not as if anything is holding still, is it? A kind of heaving grace is about the best you can find on some days in this deeply shaken, tech-swept industry. Every other week, my colleague Jane Friedman and I find ourselves looking… Read More

Why Don't The Kids Read Digital?

‘Enduring appeal’ When Egmont UK’s managing director Cally Poplak (pictured) told The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference that “old-fashioned publishing skills are as relevant and vital as ever,” she could have gone on to say that “old-fashioned” reading patterns look to be just as enduring. As #KidsConf15 was written up by my colleague, Sarah Shaffi: The children’s publisher… Read More

Your Survey Of Surveys

‘Perspective on the Book Business’ Is there any industry so feverishly bent on surveying itself as publishing? This week, my colleague Philip Jones at The Bookseller in Taking a measure of the FutureBook audience has launched the 2015 Digital Census, results of which will be released in relation to the Author Day / FutureBook week of activity in… Read More

Pottermore or less?

A new route across the techno-terrain The news conjured from Fortress Rowling by our wizardly Bookseller editor Philip Jones is that “in the coming weeks” (nice hedge—you know how Web development goes), the Web site so powerful that it got Amazon to play quidditch is undergoing some deep change. If all is as Jones is being… Read More

Introducing The FutureBook's #AuthorDay 2015

    The problems and the promise: Authority As The Bookseller’s c.e.o. and publisher Nigel Roby is saying this evening at our launch event in London, The FutureBook Conference is in its fifth anniversary. And, as Europe’s largest publishing industry conference, it addresses a broad audience. Roby: “So many dimensions to modern publishing, and so many groups who have… Read More

When the agent is the author: Andrew Lownie on Guy Burgess

‘A lot of new material’ “Being an author myself again has made me a better agent I believe,” Andrew Lownie tells me. Not nearly the sinister combo of student-and-spy, fortunately, the literary agent Lownie nevertheless is an accomplished chameleon whose colours can switch to those of an author as easily as putting on a red sportcoat. His… Read More

#WhatsABookWorth?

‘An integral part of our emotional lives’ What’s a Book Worth? is asking readers to film themselves talking about a book that means a lot to them and share those thoughts on 28th September, using the hashtag #WhatsABookWorth, the title of the book and its cover price. It is also encouraging readers to write a short… Read More

Can authors compete with 'non-competes'?

‘An unacceptable restriction on authors’ livelihoods’ No publisher would agree, at an author’s request, to forgo publishing another author’s book on a particular subject. So why should an author assume a similar obligation? But it happens all the time. Of all the contract-reform issues being discussed today around publishing and its contracts with authors, the non-compete… Read More