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.
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.
This week has seen plenty publishing happenings at the Frankfurt Book Fair, as Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, there’s Epstein on the future of the publishing industry, and Mrs Book, can I introduce you to Mr Games? You can read lots more from some familiar faces over at the blog.
Amazon meanwhile have this to say to book publishers: “Welcome to the jungle, baby“. This as their new science fiction imprint launches — with Neal Stephenson, Greg Bear and Chris Roberson.
And finally, there’s this fine Conversation Starter.
The great divide. They are like peas in a pod or oceans apart; really depends on the day and the issue and the speaker.
Mike Murphy, Maeve Healy and Jane Rogers have all worked in both and give their opinion on each side of the great wall of publishing….
When I left university I knew I wanted to work in publishing. I jumped straight in and got in touch with The Publishing Training Centre and luckily secured an internship. One attractive benefit of being an intern at The Publishing Training Centre is that you are allowed to attend a course of your choice. Having editorial work in mind, I chose Copy-Editing Skills, a three-day intensive course that covers everything you could possibly need to know about proofreading and copy-editing, which are two of the main duties of editorial assistants.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The reactionary hand-wringing greeting the news that this year’s Booker nominees have had a better sales boost post-nomination than any other shortlist in the prize’s history is unsurprising to anyone who regularly reads broadsheet literary columns, but credit the detractors thusly: they’re putting their prize money where their mouth is. Yesterday saw the announcement of a new, Booker-rivalling prize, simply called The Literature Prize.
Amongst the flurry of tributes that followed the death of Apple godhead Steve Jobs last Wednesday, one emerged of more questionable taste than most (most, not all – although at least they took the time to acknowledge they ‘have a great respect for everything he did’). Less than two days after word of Jobs’ passing got out, Simon & Schuster announced it was bringing forward the publication date of Walter Isaacson’s official Jobs biography.