The 5 best sites for reading ebooks online

The 5 best sites for reading ebooks online

Here we share Geethik Technologies’ insights into ebook reading online (this blog post first appeared on the Geethik Technologies’ blog). No e-reader? No tablet? No problem. You can still read books online using your preferred browser. There are some really great options out there to match a variety of reading styles. Here are five (and a few bonus suggestions) […]

How publishing professionals can stretch their marketing budget

How publishing professionals can stretch their marketing budget

I was lucky enough to get a ticket for the Summit on Content Marketing via my content marketing coaches Andrew and Pete. Twelve days … 100 speakers. Phew! I’ve only scratched the surface of what’s on offer but one session blew me away because of how it resonated with the publishing industry: Gordon Graham’s ‘One […]

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 […]

Dutch startup Sweek welcomes 100,000th user

Dutch startup Sweek welcomes 100,000th user

Sweek, a platform for free reading and writing, welcomed its 100,000th user last week, since the official launch at the Frankfurt Book Fair seven months ago. Sweek brings together the author and the reader. Readers can follow and like stories, and share them via social media channels, while creating a tight reading community. They can also […]

Here’s another way digital could complement print

Here’s another way digital could complement print

As I’ve said before, the publishing industry needs to get beyond the current “print or digital” mindset and instead explore ways for one to complement the other. Plenty of industry stats show that most readers are comfortable with either format and many prefer the convenience of switching between the two (e.g., reading the news digital […]

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Startup Snapshot: Squirl

Jef Van der Avoort is co-founder of Squirl, the first location-based book discovery app. Previously he helped brands like LEGO, Philips and Hasbro to create engaging experiences on the border between the analog and digital world. 1) What exactly is Squirl? Squirl is a location-based book discovery app that lets you bump into the real-world settings […]

Which digital book format has the most growth potential?

Which digital book format has the most growth potential?

The answer might surprise you… Amazon’s Kindle format dominates the ebook market today and it’s easy to assume that will remain the case going forward. Despite that fact, I see a number of trends indicating the digital book space could be ripe for disruption. Notice I use the term “digital book”, not “ebook.” That’s because […]

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Roundup of the Westminster Media Forum Keynote Seminar

Abbie Headon is Commissioning and Digital Development Editor at Summersdale Publishers, and a BookMachine Board Member (representing the Editorial Channel). I was lucky enough last week to go to my first official publishing event wearing my BookMachine hat, as I wended my way to The Caledonian Club in the heart of London for the catchily-titled ‘Westminster Media […]

What a real ‘audiobook’ revolution would look like

What a real ‘audiobook’ revolution would look like

Richard Brooks is a Researcher at Coventry University and the Project Manager of the Arts and Humanity Research Council project ‘Hidden Story’. At the recent FutureBook conference in London the ‘Audiobook Revolution’ was hailed as offering opportunities for publishers to reach a new demographic keen to listen to drama on the move. Yet audiobooks in […]

What can publishers learn from Pokemon Go?

What can publishers learn from Pokemon Go?

Long considered nothing more than a gimmicky fad, it turns out that augmented reality (AR) is actually alive and well. At least that’s the case when it’s associated with a brand as large as Pokemon. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard all the Pokemon Go stories and maybe you’ve even dodged a player or two, overly-focused […]