Posts tagged FutureBook Conference
UK government to storm Amazon’s gates?
November 27, 2013 | 10:25 am
Lest anyone think that Amazon's encroachment into the UK book world is a wee little thing, we have Seni Glaister, CEO of UK online book retailer The Book People, to put us straight, as she did at The Bookseller's London Futurebook Conference a short time ago. "It’s a dystopian disaster," she insisted, of the potential for Amazon to translate its ebook dominance into a physical book sales monopoly as well - unless the UK government steps in. Last time I read English prose, a dystopian disaster was something like George Orwell's 1984, or J.G. Ballard's The Drowned World. But obviously Amazonian...
In Italy, Train Passengers Now Enjoy Free E-Books
December 27, 2012 | 2:09 pm
If you're the type who regularly follows international news of the ever-expanding e-book scene, you may have already heard about the unusual business collaboration between the Italian book publishing company known as RSC Libri, and the Italian train company, ITV. The partnership, which was announced at The Bookseller's FutureBook 2012 conference in London, and which has been dubbed E-books Aboard!, "will give passengers on Italian trains free access [to] e-books," according to The Bookseller. The general idea, as the post explains, is "to study the way consumers read and discover digital content." Assuming the experiment leads to any particularly eye-opening findings, it'll probably be...