Archive for October, 2011

8 questions for Mike Shatzkin [Interview]

Mike Shatzkin

Mike Shatzkin (The Idea Logical Company)

Mike Shatzkin is the founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company, author of the Shatzkin Files, all round digital publishing guru, and a huge baseball addict.
We had a few questions for Mike about his career to date, and where he thinks the publishing business is headed…

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

This week We’re in the midst of a restructuring of the publishing universe (don’t panic).

Books are like the news — it’s better when they are social, and UK publishers seem to agree as they Ink Retail Deal with Social Reading Site.

Following the release of his Biography, we now know What Steve Jobs Thought About Digital Books, and How Apple won the ebook pricing war by strong-arming Amazon.

It would seem that E-Book Publishers Must Provide Flexible Access to Avoid ‘Media Hell’, wise words for Kobo as they look to become a publisher.

There’s much reading for writers on this week’s web, starting with 7 Dirty Little Book Publishing Secrets that Every Writer Needs to Know.

Are Fiction Writers Screwed? Are Cheap E-book Prices Devaluing Authors’ Work? Hmm, depressing.

But, hang on, here’s How a Novelist Bypassed His Publisher and Raised $11,000 on Kickstarter. And could serialization be making A Timely Return for the Digital Age?

8 questions for Ella Kahn of the Society of Young Publishers [Interview]

Ella Khan

Ella Khan (SYP chair 2011)

When assistant literary agent Ella Kahn isn’t devouring the latest submission, she’s out and about at publishing events and busy chairing the SYP – we catch up with her to discover just how she fits it all in…

BookMachine Publishing Now event is happening soon, is basically Terminator 2

Publishing Now


A ruthless corporation which seemingly controls everything. The rise of the machines. The rebellion. Yes, it’s an exciting time for publishing, especially if your benchmark for excitement is Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Logically, then, it doesn’t seem like too much of a stretch to suggest that BookMachine’s forthcoming conference Publishing Now 2011: The Golden Age Of Innovation will be more thrilling than James Cameron’s entire filmography combined. At the very least, it’ll definitely be better than Avatar, which was rubbish. You can quote me on that.

8 questions for Charles Catton of Amber Books [Interview]

Charles Catton

Charles Catton (Amber Books)

Charles Catton is the Publishing Manager at Amber Books. He has worked in book publishing for over 15 years, and on digital projects for over two years. BookMachine caught up with him for some searching questions about his career to date, and Amber’s move into apps…

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Where Will Digitization Take Us? We Don’t Know for Sure, But We’re Heading There Fast. It’s certainly been a huge week for Kobo as the surprise new Vox takes on Kindle Fire with sub-$200 tag and their new deals propel them into the top tier of global ebook competitors. This despite claims that Tablet Publishing is Failing.

In other news, Future  Publishing racks up more than 2m Apple Newsstand downloads in 4 days, it’s the e-Book Cover Design Awards, September 2011, and Really, New York Times??

Here’s What to Do if Your Ereader Is Lost or Stolen, and if you find it again you can try Reading a Book Versus a Screen: Different Reading Devices, Different Modes of Reading?
And finally, just in case you haven’t heard, Julian Barnes triumphs at last.


Amazon tires of toying with book shops and libraries, takes on entire publishing industry instead

Having already kneecapped bookshops the world over and walked away with a smirk on its face, oblivious to their cries for help as it gets into its car with tinted windows and waits, ever so patiently, for libraries to step out of their houses, just so it can get the perfect shot, Amazon has realised that the real problem lies with the supply side of things: as long as people who aren’t Amazon are publishing books, people who also aren’t Amazon can potentially make money, or at least stand in the way of Amazon making money, by selling those books.

8 questions for Chris Meade [interview]

Chris Meade

Chris Meade, Director if:book

Chris Meade is quite the guru when it comes to Creative Writing and New Media. He has now run two major UK literature organisations, the Poetry Society and Booktrust; devised innovative creative reading and writing projects; developed ‘imagination services’ to schools and the community; and in 2007 set up if:book uk  a charity exploring the future of the book in the digital age. We thought we’d interrupt his busy lifestyle to ask a few questions…

WH Smith begins selling e-readers, asks ‘what’s an e-reader?’

You know the Kindle has become truly ubiquitous when even WH Smith has to acknowledge it in some manner. Startled out of its cosy seat in front of the fire with a nice hot chocolate and a copy of Louie Spence’s autobiography lying face down on its lap, and just as it was dozing off too, the venerable high street newsagent, stationer, James Corden-enabler (Cordenabler?) and yes, alright, technically bookshop, has begun selling e-books and compatible readers in partnership with Canadian e-reader manufacturers Kobo.

8 Questions for Kirsten Campbell-Howes [Interview]

Kirsten Campbell-Howes
Kirsten Campbell-Howes has over ten years experience in bringing e-learning materials from concept through to production. She has been described as having a ‘rare combination of industriousness, creativity, passion, generosity, honesty, humor, and self-awareness’. We want to know more…

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