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Talk to Books

A version of this blog post first appeared on the Digital Book World site. Bradley Metrock produced the iBooks Author Conference from 2015 through 2017, before Score Publishing acquired Digital Book World, and has authored many articles on the state of the publishing industry and recent trends.

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Working in publishing

Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher, is responsible for the shape, direction and profitability of the adult publishing lists at Pan Macmillan in the UK. His authors have included many bestsellers including Ken Follett, Jeffrey Archer, Max Hastings, James Herbert, Wilbur Smith, Peter Hamilton, China Mieville and Roy Jenkins to name a few. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about being named in 2017’s Bookseller 100 and his plans for 2018.

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Devon Weston has been with Digimarc Guardian since June 2012, managing customer relations and operations for the company’s enterprise SaaS solutions within the online content-protection space.

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Junior Designer

This role at The Quarto Group is a full time, 9-12 months fixed term contract to cover part of the Group Director of Corporate Marketing & Communications’ remit while she is on maternity leave. It reports to the Chief Executive Officer.

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Nigel Wilcockson, head of Random House Business Books, recognizes three categories of business books:

‘There is the management strategy book, which is what people think of straight away when they think of business books… you’re trying to get across ideas that may be relatively common currency but you’re finding a fresh way of putting them across.

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Quantum 2018

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.

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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 individual. In over simplistic terms think three things that you should be able to answer if an individual or ICO were to ask you:

  1. What personal data have you got on each individual?
  2. Why have you got it?
  3. What are you going to do with it?

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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, providing the local weather and news summaries from a variety of sources.

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Leadership in Publishing

Paula Neary is CEO of Ribbonfish. She has over 25 years of experience in senior roles across academic, education, trade and STM publishing. Prior to working at Ribbonfish she was Director of Business Systems at Springer Nature and spent 12 years at The Random House Group as Publishing Systems Director, following an initial 8 years at Pearson Education. (this blog post first appeared here)

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Talk to Books

Bradley Metrock produced the iBooks Author Conference from 2015 through 2017, before Score Publishing acquired Digital Book World, and has authored many articles on Apple’s efforts with regards to books and publishing. This piece is in response to last week’s news from Mark Gurman at Bloomberg that Apple is readying Apple Books to compete anew in the digital book marketplace.

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2017 in review

Jaclyn Swope is a Publisher Account Manager on the Book Research team at Nielsen BookScan, where she assists a variety of publishers with understanding and utilising both retail sales and consumer data, through training sessions, presentations and bespoke analysis of book industry trends.

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Literary Agent

Jonny Geller is Joint CEO of Curtis Brown and Managing Director of the books division. He tweets at @JonnyGeller. Here, Norah Myers chats with him about being named in 2017’s Bookseller 100 and his plans for 2018.

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Write Track

Some people equate high levels of productivity with high levels of graft. When it comes to writing, they think burning the midnight oil, doubling down – trying really hard to crack that book, blog or script is the only approach to take. We disagree. Our own research tells us that writing productivity is less about blood, sweat and tears and more about being smarter with the limited time you have – in short, it’s about having a system.

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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.

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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?

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