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Penguin Random House UK CEO: You’ve never had it so good
April 7, 2014 | 10:25 am

publishersAs interviewed by Jennifer Rankin in The Observer, the Sunday imprint of the UK's Guardian, Tom Weldon, UK CEO of Penguin Random House, has some good things to say about the state of publishing. Good for publishers at least.  He declares that: ""Some commentators say the publishing industry is in enormous trouble today. They are completely wrong, and I don't understand that view at all." To judge from Weldon's comments, and some others quoted by Rankin in the article, publishing has actually managed the transition into the digital era.  "In the last four years, Penguin and Random House have had the...

E Ink sees reduced demand for ereader screens
April 5, 2014 | 10:18 am

E InkAccording to reports of an investor conference which appeared in the Taipei Times, e-paper specialist producer E Ink Holdings Inc. has announced lower sales and financial losses over the current and ensuing quarters, off the back of falling demand for its screens, found inside the Kindle and other e-readers. E Ink CFO Eddie Chen forecast revenue down some 5-10 percent from the $192.4 million recorded in the last quarter of 2013. Admittedly, this could be a freak seasonal result. The last quarter of 2013 brought profits nearly double the usual quarterly level, according to the Taipei Times report, although much of this did...

Interview: Claudia Zimmer, CEO, Aquafadas
February 8, 2014 | 11:04 am

I spoke to Claudia Zimmer, CEO of the French company Aquafadas, which provides software for digital publishing, especially of magazines and periodicals, on the company's view of the current market and plans for the future. TeleRead: What is the Aquafadas house view of the optimal future for digital news and magazine publishing? What solutions is the company deploying to deliver this? Claudia Zimmer: The most important thing for our clients is that they’re able to create amazing and beautiful digital publications in a short period of time. Today, economic pressure on publishers is an important factor; they need solutions that are both...

Cambridge University Press takes Ben Jonson online
January 25, 2014 | 2:34 pm

Venerable UK academic publisher Cambridge University Press is debuting its website for "The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online," complementing, as the site says, "the seven-volume print edition of Jonson’s works published in 2012." The online version offers "a fully searchable version of the Print Edition, including all the original introductions, collations, and commentary, but it complements, develops, and vastly extends the Print Edition with a large and flexible array of textual and contextual materials." There is also the prospect of more to come. "Further archival materials are still undergoing preparation" include " a catalogue of the surviving...

Wikert on Kindle Singles and the size question
October 23, 2013 | 12:10 pm

kindle singlesThe vexed question of that extra length has resurfaced in the blogosphere, with content industry critic Joe Wikert posting his latest evaluation of the state of Amazon's online strategy and the way the ebook ecosystem is going. And it's not hard to guess the direction of his thinking from the post's title: "Kindle Singles and the future of ebooks." [caption id="" align="alignright" width="150"] Joe Wikert[/caption] Two of his points are fairly general, and not especially about size - as well as fairly often made in other contexts. "Amazon becomes the publisher" and "Kill the competition (publishers and retailers)" are analyses - or...

European Council may bring changes in EU ebook VAT
October 22, 2013 | 6:40 pm

vatA meeting of the European Union's European Council scheduled to take place this week could bring about a retail mini-revolution for ebooks in Europe, at least if certain writeups in the media are to be believed. As reported in The Bookseller, the meeting may see the different rates of value added tax (VAT) on ebooks charged across the EU harmonized downwards, towards the same rate in each country that prevails for printed books. "Here's hoping that the European Council will come to the right decisions for us," wrote "Finnish author living and writing in London" Helena Halme in her blog, where...

Scientists show that poetry is the music of the mind
October 22, 2013 | 10:29 am

poetryClaims by generations of poets, critics and readers that poetry shares the power of music to directly affect our emotions and feelings have been given some substance by researchers at the UK's University of Exeter, as reported by the University itself and retweeted by the UK Poetry Society. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Professor Adam Zeman, a cognitive neurologist from the University of Exeter Medical School, led a cross-disciplinary team with Psychology and English faculty members to examine which parts of the brain are triggered when readers read poetry and prose. And they found that the areas of the brain which...

Interview: Anne-Sylvie Homassel
October 21, 2013 | 12:37 pm

anne-sylvie homasselAnne-Sylvie Homassel is a translator from English into French, founding editor and publisher of the French horror/dark fiction magazine and associated imprint Le visage vert, and writer under the name Anne-Sylvie Salzman of highly-praised dark fiction stories, including "Darkscapes," published by Tartarus Press. I asked her about her writing, and the state of dark fiction/fantastic literature in France. TeleRead: What influenced you to write the kind of fiction you write? Anne-Sylvie Homassel: Books, I suppose, are the main trigger. Not only fiction but also science books. I was an avid reader as a child of both Arsène Lupin and Sherlock Holmes, providers of wicked...

UK MP speaks out for libraries
October 21, 2013 | 10:25 am

As welcome proof that not all British politicians are scum bent on gutting the nation's library system, Chris Bryant, Labour Member of Parliament for Rhondda in Wales, Deputy Leader of the House of Commons in the last Labour government, writer, and former Head of European Affairs at the BBC, has taken time in his "A Westminster Life" column in the UK's Independent newspaper to speak about the enforced closure of libraries. And he doesn't mince words about the implications. "These local cuts are dismantling the last vestiges of civil society," he declares. "This has been the most dispiriting week in my...

Pew Research data shows U.S. still taking the tablets
October 20, 2013 | 5:30 pm

tabletsThe latest Tablet and E-reader Ownership Update from the Pew Research Center’s Internet Project shows Americans consuming tablets and ereader devices eagerly, although perhaps not at the same breakneck speed that they were in previous years. "Overall, the number of people who have a tablet or an e-book reader among those 16 and older now stands at 43%," states the Update. Tablet ownership, based on a survey "conducted from July 18 to September 20, 1013 among 6,224 Americans ages 16 and older," stands at 35%, up 10 percentage points from November 2012. Dedicated ereader adoption is also still rising, albeit at...

GQ Icon of the Year Noel Gallagher: Books make him feel small, working class should stop reading
October 20, 2013 | 2:45 pm

noel gallagherI'd like to think that GQ Magazine's tongue was somewhere near its cheek, instead of Noel Gallagher's butt cheeks, when it made him 2013 Icon of the Year. But I doubt it. And 1990s boy-band wonder Noel used his interview on the occasion to vent some choice cuts about books and people who write and read them. Holding forth at London's sophisticated, up-market and - dare we say it? - literary Groucho Club, Noel - known to his friends as Noel - sprinkled his whole conversation with the f*** word - which f***ing well gets into ef*ing Facebook these days, and...

UK government’s latest guidance on libraries? Do it yourself
October 18, 2013 | 4:18 pm

librariesThe British government's latest attempt to sidle away from its statutory responsibilities to provide adequate library services takes the form of guidance on the Gov.uk website on how to "Create a community library" which tells you "how you can help support local libraries, including taking on ownership and management." "The latest announcement on www.gov.uk is of huge concern," said the Library Campaign's statement on the news. And Library Campaign chair Laura Swaffield added: “I really had thought the government couldn’t sink any lower on libraries. But now it’s moved from lazily passive to actively hostile ... What next? Create your own hospital?” "Public...