Scribblings on the Margins: Cargo brings second year of festival to Glasgow

Anyone paying even cursory attention to the Scottish literary scene at the moment knows that the most exciting publisher around is Cargo. From humble beginnings, the company has grown exponentially in influence over the past couple of years, having released some of the most vital and critically acclaimed Scottish books in a decade, including Allan […]

Amazon and the Dramatic Unmask

The Dramatic Unmask is something well-known in superhero or crime television shows where a villain or hero decides, or is forced, to reveal their true identity. The audience and the other characters all take in a sharp breath and someone on-screen usually says: ‘It was you/me all along!’ If it’s a good unmask, there’ll be some […]

On 23rd February… BookMachine is back

It’s been said, that it’s the most fun you can have in publishing with your clothes on.* It’s been said, that if you can talk books, digital publishing, politics, haircuts, music or… anything, then this is the place to be.** You can sign up here: BookMachine @ Porter’s Bar (The Green Man), 383 Euston Rd, […]

Building the publishers of the future

  Anna Faherty is a lecturer on the MA Publishing at Kingston University and a freelance writer, editor and consultant. She’s currently working on a tablet app for the National Maritime Museum and a suite of digital publishing courses for a major publisher. Follow her on twitter: @mafunyane.   I’ve blogged for BookMachine before about […]

In Waterstones Piccadilly, books read you

Picture the scene: it’s February 2012. You’re in Waterstones in Piccadilly. You’re wandering around, browsing aimlessly, not really focusing on one thing or the other. Maybe you’ve got something on your mind. Did you lock the door? You’re pretty sure you locked the door. But then, you were on the phone when you left, so […]

Scotland’s National Book Town blooms in the Spring [FEATURE]

  This is a guest post from Arundati Dandapani, who is halfway through an MLitt in Publishing Studies degree at University of Stirling. She has worked for television, magazine and advertising in Washington DC, New Delhi and Mumbai for four years, after graduating with a Bachelors degree in English from Ohio. Having published her first […]

Real-world Quidditch as silly as it sounds

A disclaimer, upfront: it’s great that J.K. Rowling has sparked the imaginations of so many children in the 15 years (!) since the initial publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. It’s wonderful that so many of those children have then used the Potter books as a gateway to further reading. It’s beautiful to […]

Self-Publishing: Us vs Us?

Here’s a lesson in how to sink an already flooded market: create a piece of software where publishing is as easy as clicking a button, and promote a culture where it is commonly accepted that writing a novel is as simple as putting down whatever comes into your head. Inflate your life jackets now, guys, […]

BookMachine Weekly BookWrap: publishing stories from around the web

Today we’re mostly talking about Apple’s announcement on education yesterday. Are Apple set to shake up textbook publishing with iBooks 2 and iTunes U? And there’s more, as Apple’s iBooks Author Tool Sets the Stage for Showdown With Amazon. Essentially it’s A GarageBand for ebooks: Simplifying publishing. But what is The iBooks 2.0 textbook format? […]

Just like you, Cormac McCarthy procrastinates; unlike you, he does it by writing a screenplay

See the man. He is talented and celebrated, he writes celebrated and prize-winning novels. He stokes the slow publishing news day. He – wait, before I continue, everyone’s read Blood Meridian, right? No? Oh. Then I’d better stop rewriting it. And you should probably stop reading this and go read that instead.