Towing the Line: Banned books and YA fiction

Towing the Line: Banned books and YA fiction

The Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), an arm of the American Library Association (ALA), recently released the list of the most banned books in the US during 2014. It’s an annual report, but what’s surprising is that, year upon year, these lists increasingly contain YA and Children’s titles.

Mobile Reading: Why it Matters

Mobile Reading: Why it Matters

This is a guest blog post by Nancy Brown. Nancy is currently managing Worldreader’s content acquisition in Southeast Asia by working with publishers and authors who are interested in extending their reach to global audiences.  Last April, UNESCO released its study Reading in the Mobile Era. The study looked at the reading habits and preferences […]

Coder Generation: Building digital skills doesn’t have to be scary

Coder Generation: Building digital skills doesn’t have to be scary

The digital revolution might seem like a challenge to us now, but there’s a whole new generation of digital natives that will be coming into the jobs market over the next decade, for whom coding, apps and mobile technology are as natural as breathing.

Climbing out of the Buzzword Trap

Climbing out of the Buzzword Trap

This is a guest post from Jasmin Kirkbride. Jasmin is a regular blogger for BookMachine and Editorial Assistant at Periscope Books (part of Garnet Publishing). She is also a published author and you can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride Last year, it was all about ‘disruption’, this year it’s all about ‘pivoting’. Buzzwords are a […]

All authors need the right representation

All authors need the right representation

This is a guest post from Tom Chalmers, Managing Director at IPR License. Authors are more committed to their agent than to their publisher. That is according to early results from the “Do You Love Your Publisher?” survey for traditionally published authors co-produced by Jane Friedman in the States and Harry Bingham in the UK. […]

Corporate Social Responsibility: Not just for hippies

Corporate Social Responsibility: Not just for hippies

This is a guest post from Jasmin Kirkbride. Jasmin is a regular blogger for BookMachine and Editorial Assistant at Periscope Books (part of Garnet Publishing). She is also a published author and you can find her on Twitter @jasminkirkbride (for further discussion on how CSR adds value to your business, you might like to attend […]

End of the book is nowhere near – New Year sees increase in sales

End of the book is nowhere near – New Year sees increase in sales

This is a guest post from Tom Chalmers, Managing Director at IPR License. Amazon is taking over the world, booksellers are going under, ebooks are leading to the demise of the physical book. This has long been the subtext of the modern publishing world but is this still the case? Maybe not.

Technology still needs an audience

Technology still needs an audience

In a technological age we all have to think that little bit more about what we say, how we say it and where we say it. After all, what’s said on Google, stays on Google. Well mostly. That’s not to say technology is a hindrance, far from it. It has helped create a platform for […]

3 lessons writers can learn from the music industry

3 lessons writers can learn from the music industry

This is a guest blog from Christopher Russell, author of Mockstars, a music novel inspired by his international tour diaries for rock/pop band The Lightyears. As someone who has spent over a decade in the trenches of the music industry, when I migrated into the book world last year I was delighted to find that […]