Don’t Delegate the Future: FutureBook event report

Don’t Delegate the Future: FutureBook event report

Friday’s FutureBook Conference, organised by The Bookseller, presented three conferences in one: alongside the main FutureBook programme, there were parallel streams on The Audiobook Revolution and EdTech for Publishers. It was a seriously packed programme, and this in itself demonstrates that innovation in publishing can no longer be seen as the domain solely of the […]

The reinvention of storytelling

The reinvention of storytelling

Thousands of years ago, we told stories to each other. The best stories were those that could be repeated over and over again, changing little, those that embodied tribal memory, with strong, often repetitive structure and big heroes and villains. There wasn’t much by way of interior monologue or intertextuality. Then came the printing press, […]

How to get GDPR-ready

How to get GDPR-ready

Whether or not you’re ready, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is coming. With only 26 weeks left before implementation there is much more that can (and should be) done by publishers and authors, not least mapping what ‘personal’ data you have. This can mean anything from actual names to associated data that can identify an […]

How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

How publishers can utilise artificial intelligence (AI)

Putting aside the constant scare of whether robots will soon take our jobs – coming even from creatives – AI is already here and more and more companies are using it. But what can AI do for publishers, and is there anything publishers can do for AI? So, how does it work? In theory, it is […]

Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

My daily hour+ commute to and from work enables me to take in a variety of podcasts, a bit of SiriusXM Radio and, more recently, some quality time with Google Assistant. The latter simply means I press and hold the home button on my Galaxy phone and say, “good morning.” Google takes it from there, […]

The habit that actually decreases your productivity

The habit that actually decreases your productivity

‘I didn’t work hard at school and go to uni so I could spend my life sending emails.’ – Lisa Owens, Not Working Your alarm goes off. You hit snooze for a few minutes. Then you check your phone: social media, texts, and emails. You get up and start your day. You go into the […]

Enjoying reading when you’re a professional reader

Enjoying reading when you’re a professional reader

I love reading, it’s my favourite activity and has led directly to working in publishing and bookselling.  Like everyone else, though, real life has a nasty habit of getting in the way of all the books I’d like to read. Like everyone else in publishing, my ‘need to read’ pile is huge and I don’t […]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 2]

What traditional publishers can learn from indie authors [PART 2]

This is a guest post from Ricardo Fayet. Ricardo is an avid reader and startup enthusiast who has been studying the publishing industry with interest for several years. He co-founded Reedsy, to help authors collaborate with publishing professionals.  In the second of this two part post, Ricardo shares what publishers can learn from self-publishers. Read part 1 here. […]

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

Why reading for pleasure is a serious business: Cressida Cowell on the vital importance of children’s literacy

I have spent fifteen years writing the How to Train Your Dragon books, and over those fifteen years I have lost count of the times people have asked me, ‘Have you ever thought of writing for adults?’ as if writing for children was some sort of second best activity, something you do before moving on […]

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

5 reasons to use social and mobile for scouting new talent

Sweek, a social platform for free reading and writing, and Ravensburger, a well-known German publisher, have successfully completed #SchreibMitRavensburger, a Young Adult writing contest. At an exclusive event at the Ravensburger headquarters, Samira Bosshard was revealed to be the winner of the contest and earned herself a publishing contract, after impressing both the Sweek reading […]