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Macmillan exec asks what publishers can do for readers, but does she mean it?
June 18, 2014 | 4:46 am

Porter Anderson at FutureBook reports on a presentation given by Sara Lloyd, Pan Macmillan’s digital and communications director, at the “FutureBook Hack” conference. (TeleRead previously carried an open letter to Ms. Lloyd from Brian Ford of Lendle.) Lloyd was gung-ho about wanting publishing to move forward with digital and take things to the next level. She said things like “I think we haven’t done the great things yet and that’s what you guys are here for,” and “Ask what you can do for readers, not what you can do to solve the problems of publishers.” ...

The writer as entrepreneur: Old news?
January 30, 2014 | 4:30 pm

In the UK Bookseller's Futurebook section, Tom Chalmers asks: "Where to put the entrepreneur in publishing?" with particular emphasis on the more entrepreneurial aspects of self-publishing. In these digitally disrupted times, it seems, the entrepreneurial spirit is a panacea for the industry's ills. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="216"] Would have tweeted too[/caption] "The need for urgent change is now, in the majority of places, accepted, as is the understanding that much innovation and new drive comes from entrepreneurs," Chalmers says. "But if we have entrepreneurs, how best to use them? The answer is slightly more complicated than just a welcome mat and ‘let...

Publishing should create ‘new ecosystem’—but can it?
January 22, 2014 | 3:04 pm

What is the answer to allow publishers to compete in the new world of the Internet on their own terms? On Futurebook, author Jeff Norton proposes that the publishing industry should do what the airline industry did in creating Orbitz, or the broadcast TV industry did in creating Hulu: create their own “arms-length new [venture] to offer credible and compelling services to consumers.” He writes: It strikes me that since the major publishers are facing a dominant digital player, there's an opportunity to form a new, arm's length e-reading ecosystem complete with site, device, and apps. ...

A reply to Futurebook: Up with disruption!
December 14, 2013 | 6:25 pm

Over on Futurebook, Chris McCrudden has just published a piece entitled "Down with Disruption," taking issue with the applicability - and value - of the whole principle of digital disruption in publishing. Some of his insights make a lot of sense. Some I wouldn't touch with a barge pole. Read on below. Following the first Digital Publishing Xmas Fair, which apparently sought to bring digital startups and the publishing industry closer together, McCrudden took exception to the wholesale promotion of "disruptive technologies," arguing instead that publishing was being unbundled, with its various component disciplines being split off and transformed piecemeal. "The...

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...

Open letter to the Big Six publishers: Have you learned anything?
July 13, 2013 | 1:37 am

The publishing industry is all screwed up, and whose fault is that? Perhaps at least partly the fault of all the publishing execs who are stepping down right around now, blogger Agent Orange suggests in a post on FutureBook entitled “The Elephant in the Graveyard.” While they did great things in their time, they were too inculcated in the culture of bricks and mortar to be able to adapt to the potential of an electronic world. When the paradigm shifted, which significantly predates the global recession - Amazon first turned a profit way back in 2002...

Pottermore’s Winning Digital Publishing Strategy
May 14, 2013 | 2:23 pm

Pottermore Futurebook is reporting that Pottermore, JK Rowling's portal for all things Harry Potter, was a big winner at The Bookseller Industry Awards. As author Philip Jones explains, the thrust of the message they are hearing now is that there is no longer such a thing as 'digital strategy.' It's all just strategy now. So, what do they think Pottermore is doing right? They identify four things Pottermore did incredibly well "for which the words 'game changer'" apply: 1. They created a commercial e-book platform that was at least as good as Amazon's 2. They set their own prices, and sustained them in the face...

What today’s publishers could learn from Charles Dickens
January 23, 2012 | 9:40 pm

FutureBook has a post looking at the relevance of Charles Dickens to present-day publishing. Dickens, Martyn Daniels writes, wrote and published many stories in installments in pamphlets prior to publishing them in completed form. The ad revenue from the installments helped to support him while he published the final version, and fueled interest in the final form. (Indeed, there’s a famous story about the ship carrying the next installment of one such work to America being mobbed by readers who wanted to learn if a certain character survived.) We find ourselves again asking why we are...

Kyobo Reader does color e-ink – but does it matter?
November 26, 2011 | 12:15 pm

ereader kyoboFutureBook looks at South Korean company Kyobo’s new color “e-ink” reader, whose Mirasol screen has the same read-in-direct-sunlight capability as black and white e-ink. The device has a 5.7” 1024x768 pixel video-capable multitouch touchscreen, wifi, and English-language text-to-speech. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on a 1 GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, and costs $300.  FutureBook’s conclusions are not very complimentary. It would appear to be halfway between a smartphone and a tablet. It reads ebooks but is that its main draw and in our opinion it fails on some basic counts. It is not a smartphone. Size...

FutureBook conference to take place in London on December 5
November 16, 2011 | 10:51 am

Images From their site.  Check it out for more info: FutureBook 2011 is beginning to look like a who's who of digital publishing. Today we are pleased to announce that our already stellar cast of leading thinkers, strategists, publishers, retailers and developers will be joined by the incoming chief executive of Pottermore, two of the UK's most high profile literary agents, and the former chief executive of Borders UK. Charlie Redmayne who leaves his position as executive vice-president and chief digital officer at HarperCollins this week to take up the new position at J K Rowling's Harry Potter...

The book is not dying but evolving
August 30, 2011 | 1:15 pm

endofworldFutureBook ran a piece today by Philip Jones intended as an antidote to all the gloom and doom about the future of the publishing industry that has been going around of late. It seems that a lot of journalists have been reporting on the book’s impending demise, when in fact the book is not dying but rather evolving. One theory the piece brings up is that journalists are looking for an outlet for all the gloom they feel about the decline of the newspapers that employ them, but it also points out that the impending doom of the publishing...

Future of Publishing conference looks to the future of publishing
July 27, 2011 | 11:17 am

ipadbooksFuturebook has an article looking at a recent discussion in Soho held as part of a “Future of Publishing” conference series. As the piece points out, it seems like you can’t turn around without running into another conference or other event trying to determine how to deal with the “future of publishing”, but this series differs in that it tends to offer some hands-on exercises aimed at finding practical solutions. A few interesting things that came out of this discussion include the contention that, even though e-book readers and tablets have taken off in the last few years, the...