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 […]

Here’s how to turn book samples into a powerful B2C tool

Here’s how to turn book samples into a powerful B2C tool

Book samples are one of the most under-utilized tools in a publisher or author’s marketing arsenal. Most consumers will not buy a book without at least flipping through it, so many download samples before making a purchase decision. But how many times have you downloaded a sample which was nothing more than the frontmatter and a bit […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Amazon ebook market is not enough – go global!

Why Amazon ebook market is not enough – go global!

PublishDrive is an ebook publishing service which supports the operational processes of small indie publishers and authors. Kinga Jentetics is CEO and co-founder of PublishDrive, and here she shares their information on global ebook sales. Amazon ebook market is not the only store where you can reach your readers When it is about ebooks, many […]

Kingston University’s Big Read goes digital with the Pigeonhole

Kingston University’s Big Read goes digital with the Pigeonhole

Global book club and digital reading platform The Pigeonhole has teamed up with Kingston University to digitally serialise this year’s Kingston University Big Read choice, Matt Haig’s The Humans. The Kingston University Big Read scheme sends a limited-edition copy of a book to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students, so they can start the year as part of […]

Startup Snapshot: Scriggler

Startup Snapshot: Scriggler

Dmitry Selemir was once a physicist and hedge fund rocket scientist PM, and is now the founder and CEO of Scriggler.com, ‘the Soundcloud of writing platforms‘. We interviewed him here. 1) What exactly is Scriggler? We define Scriggler as a writing, blogging and debating platform, but it is a lot more than that. It combines elements […]

The short form content resurgence

The short form content resurgence

I remember the first time I heard the phrase “info snacking” back in 2007. It was when the Kindle launched and Jeff Bezos said his newfangled device would slow the info snacking trend and enable deeper engagement with content. The Kindle platform certainly launched the ebook revolution but it’s interesting that it didn’t halt short-form […]

Startup Snapshot: Shelfie (A.K.A. Shazam for bookworms…)

Startup Snapshot: Shelfie (A.K.A. Shazam for bookworms…)

Peter Hudson is the co-founder of Shelfie. The idea for Shelfie came out of an argument Peter was having with his friend Dan in a bar. Dan said he had a book at home that would prove he was right. In frustration that he couldn’t make his point, Dan said “I wish I had digital […]

Startup snapshot: Sweek

Startup snapshot: Sweek

Sweek, a Dutch mobile platform, are working to make mobile reading and writing attractive for everyone. Here we interview Sweek co-founder, Veronika Kartovenko. Veronika is a reading fanatic and a real traveler. With a background in Business Information Management and International Business Administration, she is taking care of the business development for Sweek. 1) What […]