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HarperCollins UK boss wants to take back publishing from smaller digital rivals
November 25, 2013 | 12:15 pm

publishingLast week’s The Bookseller’s FutureBook conference sparked some interesting publishing comments from HarperCollins UK CEO Charlie Redmayne. The comments show some publishers still don’t get it. The story begins with an interview in The Guardian, previewing Redmayne’s remarks and it started strong. In essence, Redmayne looked to empower publishes to do more rather than rest on what’s in the digital publishing world now. But the first sentence in his quote took aback many readers, authors and others. "Publishers have historically been the most innovative and creative of organizations," he said. "But I think that when it came to the digital revolution we came to...

Frankfurt Book Fair proclaims “new era in international publishing”
September 16, 2013 | 10:34 am

The Frankfurt Book Fair, the global publishing industry’s biggest trade show, is busily positioning itself for the digital era in advance of its opening in October. At the customary pre-event press conference, as reported by Germany’s E-Book-News.de, Director of the Frankfurt Book Fair Juergen Boos announced a “new era in international publishing.” Boos declared: “The dividing line is not between old and new, print and e-book, analog and digital, but between those who have the passion for content and want to provide access to it - and those who do not care what they sell.” The Frankfurt Book Fair is following...

Booktrack Combines Music with your E-Books
September 12, 2013 | 1:30 pm

I am a daily commuter, and as such I always my e-reader with me so that I have something to read on my daily train rides. However, the train is far from a quiet library, and as a result I have gotten in the habit of listening to music while simultaneously reading. However, it's no easy task finding the right music to complement your book let alone amplify it. That's where Booktrack comes in. In short, Booktrack is a digital publishing tool that enables bloggers, artists and writers to self-publish their work with corresponding soundtracks. Writers can choose from a catalogue...

Futurebook looks to spook 91 percent of publishers with digital disruption headline
August 16, 2013 | 4:32 pm

digital disruptionThe UK's Futurebook, the digitally-focused offshoot of The Bookseller, has just put up a highly alarming (or conceivably alarmist) headline: "Will you be in the nine percent of publishers that survive?" Courtesy of social technology consultant, journalist and blogger Suw Charman-Anderson, that headline draws on the experience of former Harvard Business School professor (and more recently, newspaper entrepreneur) Clark Gilbert (pictured below), who is passing on his knowledge via workshops. From the article: "Across industries, only 9 percent of disrupted organizations ever recover. Of those, 100 percent created a separate digital unit to take on the disruption. Not one company Gilbert studied succeeded trying...

UK Science Museum publishes ‘cli-fi’ novel as free e-book
July 22, 2013 | 11:10 am

UK Science MuseumAlison Flood, writing for The Guardian back in April, introduced a novel experiment in climate fiction by the British writer Tony White titled "Shackleton's Man Goes South." For a few months the nonfiction narrative/novel has been available as a free download from the museum's website, and that's how I read it. Of course, since I prefer reading on white paper, page by page, I printed the pages out at a local copy shop and read the book that way. And what a book it is! In a kind of Borgesian way, White plays with reality and fantasy and fiction and academic prose...

Morning Roundup: Indie publishing on Kickstarter; hackers attacking universities; and more
July 18, 2013 | 8:48 am

KickstarterHow Book Covers Have to Evolve in the Digital Age (Good e-Reader) As publishing adapts to changes in the technology of books, one area that still remains to adapt is the all-important cover art. Two unrelated articles today highlighted the serious considerations that authors and publishers need to make when designing the face that will ultimately help or hinder consumer purchases. * * * Ripping Off Indie Authors? Let Us Count the Ways (Indie Reader) Three years ago, when no one took self-publishing seriously, indie authors only had to worry about being ripped off by a vanity press, and that’s only if they were...

French publishing report shows slow e-book uptake, slower adaptation in France
July 11, 2013 | 1:54 pm

French publishing reportThe latest Activity Report "L'édition en perspective" ("Publishing in Perspective") from France's Syndicat national de l'édition (French Publishers Association) shows relatively modest market share growth for e-books, rising from one percent of the French book market in 2011 to three percent in 2012. It also betrays exactly the kind of conservatism and sclerotic rate of change that is probably responsible for those poor figures in the first place. Looking back on the past year, Vincent Montagne, President of the SNE, declares that: "The main highlight has been the agreement signed on 21 March 2013 with the Writers' Permanent Council. Three and a half years...

Ink Monkey Launches UK Independent Digital Imprint
July 8, 2013 | 2:56 pm

Former UK music journalist, literary agent, and latterly publishing director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson Neil Taylor has just launched his own new digital imprint, Ink Monkey, hailing 2013 as "The Year of the Monkey." From the company's launch release come this: "A former Cabinet minister, a PhD from the creative writing programme at Newcastle University, a cultural historian and Demos associate and a founding father of the 1960s underground movement are amongst those authors whose work is published under the digital imprint Ink Monkey." Ink Monkey titles are available direct from the company's website, and through the major UK digital channels—"Apple, Amazon, Kobo,...

Morning Roundup: Rob Ford fanfic, Stephen King’s compulsion to write, digital publishing startups to watch
July 1, 2013 | 9:54 am

Morning RoundupSix Digital Publishing Startups to Watch (paidContent) You know you can blog with Tumblr or WordPress, or self-publish a book on Kindle or iBooks. But what’s next for the publisher who wants to sell a mobile-native magazine, or the blogger who’s sick of messing with plugins? Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Has Inspired an Entire Collection of Fan Fiction (The Atlantic) Emily Keeler, editor of Toronto-based zine Little Brother, reads a lot of literature for a living. But for the past six weeks, she confesses she's found the news stories coming out of Toronto City Hall more entertaining than most of the novels she's read...

Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013 kicks off program of e-book-related events
June 24, 2013 | 6:55 pm

Edinburgh International Book FestivalPreparations have begun in Scotland for the Edinburgh International Book Festival, which is the literary component of the Edinburgh Festival, the UK’s biggest annual cultural jamboree, and which this year runs from August 10th to 26th, and showcases 800 authors in over 700 events. Many of the discussions and appearances this year will be either dealing with issues raised by the digital disruption of publishing and book production, or presenting authors in the context of their e-books and digital media work. “It’s our 30th birthday this year and we celebrate with a programme of events looking back over three astonishing decades...

Profile Books founder Andrew Franklin lays into self-publishing
June 11, 2013 | 7:01 pm

Andrew Franklin UK independent publisher Andrew Franklin, founder and managing director of Profile Books, delivered a virulent assault on the current self-publishing environment at the Literary Consultancy conference Writing in a Digital Age in London, as reported in The Guardian. "The overwhelming majority [of self-published books] are terrible—unutterable rubbish," Franklin said. "They don't enhance anything in the world." There are "now unmeasurable numbers" of books being self-published, according to Franklin, and "these books come out and are met with a deathly silence, so the principal experience of self-publishing is one of disappointment." This outburst is especially surprising as Profile Books is clearly no stranger...

A Conversation with Ray Russell of Tartarus Press
May 24, 2013 | 2:09 pm

Tartarus Press Tartarus Press is "a small, British independent press founded in 1990. We specialise in collectable hardback limited editions of literary supernatural/strange/horror fiction, and we also publish paperbacks and ebooks. We have been the recipient of three World Fantasy Awards, and in 2010 received a Stoker from the Horror Writers Association." TeleRead recently spoke to Tartarus co-editor and co-publisher Ray Russell about the press's e-publishing program, and how it fits with the rest of its business. TeleRead: You sell your e-books off your own site, in EPUB and Kindle/Mobi format, without DRM. What decided you on that policy? Ray Russell: Tartarus has always been about publishing...