Not at Home for the Holidays: The writers behind bars for freedom of expression

Not at Home for the Holidays: The writers behind bars for freedom of expression

On Saturday, Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist, Nasser Amin challenged the law stating the Egyptian authorities are allowed to imprison writers who publish works that are in ‘violation of the public morals’. The statement was made during the court trial of Ahmed Naji, who had an excerpt of his novel The Use of Life, […]

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Is it time to divorce the returns system?

It’s Not You, It’s Me: Is it time to divorce the returns system?

Publishing is an unusual industry in many ways, yet perhaps the most bizarre of its kinks is the returns system. Under this system, provided certain criteria are met, booksellers of all kinds are able to return unsold books back to their original publisher. The publisher then has to refund their value and either house the […]

Companion publishing: How digital can complement print

Companion publishing: How digital can complement print

The beauty of the web is that feedback for what I write here is spread across a variety of platforms. These days it seems most of those community discussions are happening on LinkedIn and that’s where some recent comments helped me see the common thread across a few different topics I’ve been writing about. A […]

How readers will become curators and resellers [OPINION]

How readers will become curators and resellers [OPINION]

It’s easy to think that today’s ebook is as good as it gets. Publishers are mostly satisfied with the current print-under-glass model and, unfortunately, flattening (or declining) ebook sales trends aren’t likely to drive investment in digital innovation. What if readers could help drive some of that innovation in the future? Here’s why that’s a […]

Is the Colouring-In Book Craze a Finite Market?

Is the Colouring-In Book Craze a Finite Market?

In the past year the industry has seen a new craze for adult colouring-in books flourish around the world, crossing markets and continents, as stressed-out grown-ups turn to colouring books for peace of mind.

Content is no longer king. Here are 5 things that are.

Content is no longer king. Here are 5 things that are.

This is a guest post by Nick Robinson. Nick has worked in ELT publishing since 2004 and in 2012 he founded the world’s first ELT author representation agency. He is the Co-founder of the IATEFL Materials Writing Special Interest Group (MaWSIG) and ELTjam.

Frankfurt Survival Guide

Frankfurt Survival Guide

It’s that time of year again when the publishing world heads off to Frankfurt for a few days of meetings, parties and other shenanigans. The move to hall 6 this year is bound to throw some seasoned publishing-types off-balance, so we thought it was a good opportunity to ask some experts for their advice on how […]

Let’s make books live forever [OPINION]

Let’s make books live forever [OPINION]

This is a guest blog from Titash Neogi on why we should take responsibility for keeping books popular. Titash has 10 years of experience in equal mixes of technical product management, consumer-internet user-behaviour, code jockeying, user experience design and startup team building. He also developed BookMachine Connect.

The next 5 years of publishing: the future of reading and content consumption – part 1 [OPINION]

The next 5 years of publishing: the future of reading and content consumption – part 1 [OPINION]

In the run up to Publishing: the next 5 years, BookMachine will be featuring a number of opinions about what might be next for the industry. This is a guest blog from Titash Neogi. Titash has 10 years of experience in equal mixes of technical product management, consumer-internet user-behaviour, code jockeying, user experience design and […]

The next 5 years of publishing: jetpacks and hoverboards [OPINION]

The next 5 years of publishing: jetpacks and hoverboards [OPINION]

In the run up to Publishing: the next 5 years, BookMachine will be featuring a number of opinions about what might be next for the industry. This is a guest blog from Lottie Chase. Lottie is the Sales Manager of Legend Press, a publisher passionate about championing new and high-profile authors and ensuring the book […]