France’s Short Édition Lengthens Its Reach

French publisher Short Édition is quickly capitalizing on the popularity of its short-story dispensers, more than doubling the machines’ number since their November debut and getting one into a high-visibility café in San Francisco. Read More

SELF-e And The World’s Authors: Is English Our Lingua Franca?

‘Keep Calm And Study English’ “Since the smashing success of the first Harry Potter novel—which was a No. 1 bestseller in Germany in its English version at one point—we have evidence of English, as a reading language, to be a global phenomenon.” Rüdiger Wischenbart is the Vienna-based publishing consultant who produces the Global eBook Report and directs… Read More

#FutureBook2015: Judith Curr and 'Crave'

Following our story, Simon & Schuster and Atria Books have officially announced the launch of the Crave app (iOS initially, Android to follow)  . You can see the app site here, and learn more about it if you’re joining us at FutureBook 2015 (4th December) when Judith Curr will brief us further. Our hashtag for the day is #FutureBook15 and… Read More

Mega-Wattpad Stardom: The Before And After Of Anna Todd

 ‘I Got Impatient’ After all, Anna Todd was not yet an author. “Never thought about it.” She certainly is one now. But she arrived at Wattpad, as do the great majority of its users, as a reader. “I read for four months before I started writing anything.” And then one of the oldest bits of wisdom… Read More

Why That Ebook May Cost More Than The Hardcover

It’s Not Over ‘Til The Big Dog Barks Indie publishing is still growing and it seems that established publishing is at a standstill. Mike Shatzkin’s column of August 5 may be the one in which we someday remember hearing a new sermon, the beginning of the endgame. But Shatzkin is not delivering a benediction yet: This… Read More

Publishing For Digital Minds Conference Opens London Book Fair Monday

Setting The Tone In A New Setting Putting together a major publishing conference program is never easy. But putting one together to open one of the year’s leading trade shows is particularly tricky: there are a lot of competing interests, most of them on the commercial side of the industry. And the audience for one… Read More

Romancing Rejection: ‘Don’t Cut Off An Ear’

O, ‘To Be Poor, Misunderstood, Overlooked’ In this blog-heaving era, you sometimes can find comments as compelling and as nuanced as the writings they follow. An instance of this occurs this week at Writer Unboxed where Simon & Schuster author Jael McHenry is followed in her post by the literary agent Donald Maass. Taken together, her original post… Read More

'Inanimate Alice' newly animated: Kate Pullinger's digital novel is still young

May we all age at the rate Kate Pullinger’s Alice does When last we saw Alice — of Pullinger’s transmedial tale Inanimate Alice — she was 14. That was six years ago. Now, she has reappeared. But she’s not 20. She’s 16, as stated in the opening of Episode Five. This enviably slow maturation, it… Read More

Digital Book World’s Choir: Keynotes From Amazon, Apple, And All

The First Major Publishing Pilgrimage Of 2015 Publishing conferences are ritual performances. They are to the varied segments of publishing what morality plays are to the various forms of Christianity. They are narratives that are organised to demonstrate, emphasise, and reinforce the orthodoxy. Those are the words of one of our most dependable iconoclasts, Baldur… Read More