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Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?
July 7, 2014 | 2:28 pm

In the context of Joanna Cabot's recent post asking "Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?", it's worth picking up the editorial "Disinterested? Moi?" by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, about the primacy of the book. "It is the books that should do the talking, not the publisher," he declares. "Publishers may make books, but it is the books that maketh the business." Few actual authors would disagree with that. Jones follows with the creed he came into the job with: "my job was to support the book. We could be rude about publishers, booksellers,...

Hugh Howey gets behind self-publishing for literature
May 27, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Hugh Howey[caption id="attachment_94689" align="alignright" width="150"] Hugh Howey[/caption] Hugh Howey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the future contribution of self-publishing to literary fiction which seems to have sort of got lost amid all the excitement over his latest AuthorEarnings report and the Hachette/Amazon face-off. It's no surprise to see him come out in favor of self-publishing in no uncertain terms - to whit, "Self-publishing will save literary fiction ." But as alway's it's worth hearing his arguments. Howey takes issue with the alarmist talk of Philip Gwyn Jones, former books publisher of Granta, in The Bookseller that literary publishing is in crisis, and...

Ernest Hemingway’s work really going digital for the first time?
April 28, 2014 | 12:33 pm

A just ever so slightly surprising headline has appeared in The Bookseller, bible of the UK book trade. "Hemingway's work goes digital for the first time," it claims. And for one anxiety-inducing moment, I rushed to Amazon to check if it was true. After all, my old Microsoft Reader copy of A Moveable Feast is so outdated that I can't even read it any more now that the DRM is messed. Could I have been unwittingly supporting piracy all this while? No, as it happens, even the UK Kindle Store is stuffed with Kindle works by Ernest Hemingway. The confusion seems...

Your lads aren’t reading? Blame the girls
April 25, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Monstrous regimentUK politicians, policy-makers and writers: Got a problem with your male population's reading habits? Guys too lumpen and anti-intelligent to be good citizens? Workforce too ignorant to be competitive? Well, here's an easy get-out: blame the women in publishing. Because according to a Times article sensitively entitled "It’s no wonder boys aren’t reading — the children’s book market is run by women," children's author Jonathan Emmett has deduced "that the majority of publishers, editors, librarians, judges and reviewers of children’s books were women, and this was exacerbating the literacy gap between the sexes. He said that children’s books tended not to contain...

Testosterone makes you stupid – if you’re English
April 21, 2014 | 10:25 am

I never thought of stupidity as particularly macho. But then, maybe I've lived outside the UK for too long. Because apparently a lot of British men fit that mold. And I'm rather ashamed to link my own gender to this, but the statistics seem to speak for themselves. Or should I have softened it a bit? Saying, well, if you're male and British there is a greater tendency towards not taking a serious interest in books, rather than making such an emphatic statement? And let British society off the hook? And sidestep that disgraceful conclusion? Because here we have some hard...

Amazon Publishing survives Wylie rubbishing, plans 500 titles in UK
March 20, 2014 | 4:25 pm

AmazonAndrew Wylie's withering dismissal of Amazon Publishing as 'characterized by its idiocy" seems to have left his target distinctly unwithered. At least if the reports in The Bookseller of its plans for a UK publishing program of 500 titles in 2014 alone are anything to go by. The report, quoting an Amazon internal memo shared with The Bookseller, talks of both titles acquired domestically and sourced from the U.S. This buildout is part of the same program whose German dimension unleashed Wylie's ire, which looks to add 200 German titles to the Amazon Publishing roster too. Furthermore, UK publisher Quercus Publishing,...

Writer’s Digest and Author Solutions: A refresher
February 17, 2014 | 2:16 pm

writer's digestFollowing David Gaughran's revelation that The Bookseller, the top UK book trade journal, would henceforth stop accepting ads from Penguin Random House vanity platform Author Solutions, I did a little digging into one of The Bookseller's Stateside peers, Writer's Digest, "the oldest and most respected publisher devoted to the education and advancement of writers." Because, as Gaughran points out, Writer's Digest not only accepts advertising from Author Solutions - it even has a full-blown vanity press operation of its own going with them. Abbott Press, launched with some fanfare by Author Solutions and Writer's Digest in early 2010, "was founded with...

UK Bookseller will no longer take Author Solutions advertising
February 14, 2014 | 4:23 pm

I've often corresponded with David Gaughran, and share many of his views on publishing and self-publishing, so I'm trying my hardest to be at least a little impartial here (as well as to do some actual work instead of lazy journalmetooism). Because it's hard not to jump on board with both feet when he announces: "A Victory Against Author Solutions." [caption id="attachment_107804" align="alignright" width="193"] Author Solutions lobby in Cebu - in case you need a visual guide for some of those sub-brands...[/caption] In short, according to Gaughran, The Bookseller, house organ of the UK book business, will no longer carry advertising from...

What is HarperCollins 360? And why has it taken this long to cross the Pond?
February 3, 2014 | 6:13 pm

harpercollins 360The UK Bookseller has made great play of the launch of HarperCollins 360 in the UK, which, it declares, is a "new venture" that "aims to publish in the UK HC titles that were previously only available abroad." And following the exact wording of The Bookseller article, you could be forgiven for thinking that HarperCollins 360 was seeing the light of day for the first time. So I'm not wasting my digital breath by reminding everyone that HarperCollins 360 was first announced in the U.S. two years ago. And it's taken this long for it to catch a flight at JFK...

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...

Former UK Publishers Association academic director fires back in open access debate
December 24, 2013 | 5:35 pm

In the continuing, and often heated, debate over open access in academic and scientific publishing, Graham Taylor, former director of educational, academic and professional publishing with the UK Publishers Association and now head of consultancy The Long Game, has fired back from the publisher's standpoint against the position of the Wellcome Trust in a blog post on The Bookseller whose tone can easily be deduced from its title: "Un-Wellcome." He takes issue with what he describes as " their latest orchestrated and cleverly timed effort to open up a new front in the open access debates with an assault on the (pejoratively...

Wellcome Trust weighs in on open access and scientific publishing
December 17, 2013 | 6:37 pm

Wellcome TrustBritain's Wellcome Trust, one of the world's most respected medical and scientific charities, is taking a very public stance on the debate over open access to published scientific research, and on the so-called "luxury journals" question regarding the policies and actual contribution of brand-name scientific journals. And this has now been highlighted in an interview with the UK's The Bookseller, headlined "ecosystem of science and publishing needs to change." [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="560"] The Wellcome Library interior, courtesy of the Wellcome Library[/caption] In keeping with the true spirit of open access, however, The Bookseller has made the interview subscriber-access only for now....