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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....

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...

Scientifically proven – almost: Ebooks damage sleep, destroy brain cells, make dogs sleep with cats
November 27, 2013 | 4:39 pm

Among other studies to prove that ebook reading harms our health - by,  for instance,- discouraging us from using our hands to lift heavy paperback blockbusters and our lower limbs to step into bookstores - the News Feed of The Bookseller in the UK has come up with a beauty: A study courtesy of Mediabistro which claims to demonstrate that "Smartphones and Computer Use Are Hurting Our Sleep." “Artificial light exposure between dusk and the time we go to bed at night suppresses release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, enhances alertness and shifts circadian rhythms to a later hour—making it more...

UK government to storm Amazon’s gates?
November 27, 2013 | 10:25 am

amazonLest 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...

Demise of mainstream publishing officially over?
October 7, 2013 | 12:12 pm

A couple of recent reports indicate that traditional publishing is now well past its Napster moment, where digital disruption and new business models threatened to drop-kick the industry into extinction. In fact, as reported in Forbes, mainstream publishers seem to be raking in more dough than ever, and in an era when bonuses for bankers and corporate bosses are a subject for vitriolic condemnation, the new big bonus beneficiaries appear to be book editors. As per the [easyazon-link asin="B00FMIFR26" locale="us"]more extended analysis[/easyazon-link] from Forbes contributor David Vinjamuri, the trends that have made the new publishing ecosystem a boon for, not the...

Jonathan Franzen Cries Foul on Social Media On-air
October 3, 2013 | 5:10 pm

Apparently keen to consolidate his position as technophobes' favorite literary curmudgeon, Jonathan Franzen has taken another swing at social media and its invidious demands on that poor besieged figure, the author. As reported in Britain's The Bookseller, Franzen claimed on BBC Radio 4's Today program that young American writers were feeling "absolutely coerced into this constant self-promotion" by agents who insisted that they spend their time upping their Twitter follower count rather than developing their craft. Franzen also complained that the same young writers were  missing out on lost opportunities to earn freelance bucks as social media steals away those formerly...