The P word

The P word

If you’ve begun to query agents and editors, you’ve heard the dreaded P word dropped. Platform. The rumored King of the successful book deal, wherein an author is assured a potential six figure contract if only they have a mere following of 100,000 or more fans. That should be easy, right? I mean with Facebook, […]

5 things publishers should know about Kindle Unlimited for readers

5 things publishers should know about Kindle Unlimited for readers

Here we share Geethik Technologies’ insights into Kindle Unlimited (this blog post first appeared on the Geethik Technologies’ blog). Ebook subscription services are commonly hailed as the Netflix for books and Kindle Unlimited, launched back in July 2014, leads the pack. There are few serious competitors to consider in this market, especially after exits from Oyster and Entitle. Scribd […]

Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Translated fiction in the UK: The stats

Ahead of our next event, ‘The Future of Literature in Translation‘, Nielsen BookScan’s Jaclyn Swope shares the data we need to know about translated titles. As translated titles have made more of an impact on the UK fiction market in recent years we’ve been working at Nielsen to find a way of getting a handle […]

Who is buying and reading ebooks?

Who is buying and reading ebooks?

With further reports of a decline in ebook sales, we share Geethik Technologies’ insights into who’s reading ebooks (this blog post first appeared on the Geethik Technologies blog). Anyone with an eye on ebook buyer behaviour can’t fail to have noticed the latest dismal headlines. After what looked like a bracing start for the format, ebook sales are reported […]

Death of digital overstated in recent report

Death of digital overstated in recent report

The Publishers Association numbers show consumer ebook sales have collapsed by 17 per cent, but physical book sales are up by 8 per cent[1]. The media took delight in Amazon bashing – “[The Kindle] was new and exciting,” says Cathryn Summerhayes, of Curtis Brown in the Guardian, “ but now they look so clunky and unhip, don’t they?”. […]

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine April Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing news, there has been an unusual obsession with the smell of books. Not only did scientists pin-point that distinctive smell of second-hand bookshops, but the Guardian discovered what you can tell about an individual book from its smell – and why the scent is so addictive. In the bookselling sphere, Amazon […]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Print’s not dead, so what’s next for it? [Winning blog idea March]

Each month BookMachine offers a community member, with great ideas, the chance to write on the site. March’s winner was Percie Edgeler who writes about the future of the print book.  For the past few years, there has been a rallying cry around the advent of the ebook: print is dead. Since 2015 however there has […]

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, booksellers have taken the spotlight, with Waterstones announcing their first year of profit since the 2008 financial crash. In fact, Bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2016 and Amazon is determined to get in on the action, with plans to open 10 books and mortar stores across the US by the end […]

It seems that there’s not a publishing skills shortage at all

It seems that there’s not a publishing skills shortage at all

Peter McKay is Chief Executive of the Publishing Training Centre. He joined the PTC in 2011 after 34 years in educational, scholarly and professional publishing. The PTC, an independent charitable foundation established 40 year ago, is a network of over 50 publishing and training professionals focused solely on delivering training courses for the publishing industry […]

A day in the life of a Publisher Account Manager at Nielsen Book Research

A day in the life of a Publisher Account Manager at Nielsen Book Research

Jaclyn Swope is a Publisher Account Manager on the Book Research team at Nielsen BookScan, where she assists a variety of publishers with understanding and utilising both retail sales and consumer data, through training sessions, presentations and bespoke analysis of book industry trends. 8:41 (okay okay more often 9am): I get the train from Surbiton to Woking, […]