Ever since 50 Shades of Grey landed on bookshelves, however well hidden, the talk of self-publishing has gone up several decibels. There are now authors saying publishers are no longer needed, stories of great success and precious money thrown away for murky services. Each year, market-leading self-publishing company New Generation Publishing runs the Self-Publishing Summit, […]
GlobalBook is an international project that connects the entire book publishing chain, giving publishers more data about how sales are achieved, and the intelligence to do better. In this short interview Fabrizio Luccitti, asks Núria Pérez Olid (Chairwoman) more about their work, and plans for the future.
Note from the editor: If you’re free on Thursday 23rd May, please do join us at BookMachine Unplugged, as our top speakers discuss collaboration and what they have learned from the projects they have worked on in publishing. Tickets are here. Publishing gets a lot of stick about being an incredibly old industry, being fusty […]
Nearly 200 people gathered at our drinks event at The London Book Fair on Monday – publishers, editors, designers, digital specialists – the bar in the digital zone was full of exciting conversations about the latest happenings at the fair. This morning everyone who attended will receive an invite to BookMachine.me, the site which helps […]
I do love a good first. The first t-shirt day of the summer; the first beer on a night out; the first time you wear a new hoodie. Last week saw the announcement of the first digital-only literary list in the UK, Blackfriars from Little, Brown. The list promises to curate 9 to 12 titles […]
Robert Weisser has been in the publishing business since 1976. He’s witnessed huge changes in the industry, from the first DTP computers to where we are today. He’s also based in New York – so we caught up with him before the first NYC BookMachine event on 12/12/12.
There are very few things in life that make my blood boil more than someone tearing down the industry I work in with false accusations of collusion, underhandedness, and evil doing. So when I see a headline like ‘Why Book Publishers Hate Authors‘ in the Huffington Post, it’s all I can do to stop myself […]
“The two companies have not reached agreement and there is no certainty that the discussions will lead to a transaction.” I think it’s safe to say it is far too early for us to be predicting what colour hair children of a union between Penguin and Random House would lead to, given they themselves haven’t […]
‘I don’t get up in the morning and say: Am I inspired? …No, I’m not. I won’t work. ‘cos, God, how often would I ever work, you know?’ These words were spoken last week by one of the world’s most prolific authors, J.K. Rowling, and summed up quite nicely something I think many people want […]
Jon Reed is an author and social media consultant who previously worked in publishing for 10 years. He runs the blog Publishing Talk, and offers social media training to publishers through Reed Media. BookMachine interviewed Jon a year ago, and as he has just launched a new Publishing Talk magazine we thought it was time for a […]
Continuing with the theme from my last post for BookMachine on interesting English Language Teaching (ELT) Publishing start-ups, I interviewed Karen Spiller, freelance ELT project manager about her most recent venture with fellow ELT professionals Sue Kay (ELT author) and Karen White (freelance ELT project manager). What is ELT Teacher 2 Writer and who is […]
I saw that donut meme about social media for the first time last week and had a good laugh at the reductive accuracy of the whole thing and then another good laugh at the expense of Google+ (who I love dearly for their attention to detail, but can’t find a decent use for) and I was all […]
Legacy publishing is not a thing. Sorry, maybe it’s this thing. But in the context of the publishing industry, supplanting the word ‘house’ or ‘printed’ for ‘legacy’ is used as a tool only to insult mainstream publishing and assist the few who are benefiting from this false dichotomy (thanks, university degree) of publishing houses vs author. […]
…and also having content. If you’re working in publishing or working on a novel and you don’t know what SEO means then you probably consider growing a beard and learning to knit because I’ve heard it gets really cold in caves during the winter. And if you do know what it is, why aren’t […]
Following the success of our inaugural #BMHour on Twitter a couple of weeks ago, we decided to do it again. And lo, like Icarus, our wings did melt, so near the sun did we fly. By which I mean not as many people logged onto Twitter around 6.30pm last night as did last time, which […]
Over at BookMachine’s LinkedIn group of late, there’s been some chatter around the subject of publishing courses. With this in mind, we’ll be aiming to post details of courses we see coming up that might just be worth a look. First up, is The Complete Digital Publisher.
Alex Painter, Marketing and Development Director at Editorial Training, discusses editorial standards and gives some tips – if you’re also a stickler for detail, make sure you read right through to the end…
The BEBC is Britain’s largest specialist English Language Teaching bookseller. Here, John Walsh, Managing Director shares all… from the days of the Net Book Agreement, to the more recent threats from Amazon…
Are we obsessed with going digital as a nation, as publishers or is it just me? Everyday I read the bookseller, follow my twitter feeds and browse eagerly, looking for further verification that the book has no future. As someone who sells books, this obsession was starting to worry me a bit. Should we all […]