Tag Archives: Innovation

Why publishers should be like Bond (James Bond)

Why publishers should be like Bond (James Bond)

Last week I gave a talk at the CoreSource user group on success and agility. Ingram Content Group itself exemplifies both: over the last 20 years it’s reinvented itself by a steady process of acquisition, reorganization and diversification, from its early days distributing microfiche readers in Nashville to an international group offering solutions to publishers […]

The next 5 years of publishing – a photo/twitter blog

The next 5 years of publishing – a photo/twitter blog

To celebrate 5 years of publishing events, BookMachine held a big birthday bash on Thursday night. Appropriately, the event was all about the next 5 years of publishing – what to expect and how we can approach it. The event was hosted by the wonderful Evie Prysor-Jones and George Walkley, Head of Digital for Hachette UK, was our […]

ELT Teachers can become authors [INTERVIEW]

Continuing with the theme from my last post for BookMachine on interesting English Language Teaching (ELT) Publishing start-ups, I interviewed Karen Spiller, freelance ELT project manager about her most recent venture with fellow ELT professionals Sue Kay (ELT author) and Karen White (freelance ELT project manager). What is ELT Teacher 2 Writer and who is […]

Kickstarter: publishing so indie it hurts (in a good way).

Did you ever have a super-indie friend when you were younger? The kind who would have a party catered by his friend who owned a microbrewery and his other mate who was a DJ, and there wouldn’t be room to park your bike next to the warehouse and when you went inside your friend would […]

An Eye On Global Publishing Innovation at LBF

There’s been a lot of bad shit going on in publishing of late. Stuff that genuinely makes me worried, and I think rightfully so, about the future of the industry. But hell, if the Frankfurt Book Fair is the Glastonbury of the publishing industry, then surely London Book Fair is Reading, where a bunch of […]

Inanimate Alice is 9 years old. How’s she doing? [REPORT]

Welcome to the world of Inanimate Alice, a truly digital novel that has taken the educational world by storm. The idea for Alice first came about in 2003 and the team (Ian Harper, Chris Joseph and award winning author Kate Pullinger) published the first episode in 2005. The story is told by Alice through 10 […]

Where Are They Now? Cutting edge digital developments that didn’t make it work.

Things have moved fast in publishing recently, there’s no doubt about that. It’s moved so fast in fact it’s easy to forget all those high-flying ideas we had at the start about things that would take off and just… well… haven’t. Here’s just a couple I’ve been reminded of recently. Like sands through the hourglass, […]

8 questions for Alastair Horne [interview]

  Alastair Horne (Innovations Manager for Cambridge University Press) is everywhere. On Twitter, at ELT conferences, writing for FutureBook, TOC and at our very own BookMachine parties. We decided we wanted to know a little bit more about this innovative, super-networking creative type….  

There’s no E in book: 5 non-digital book-based innovations

Printed books will never really go away. They’ll be superseded by e-books, sure. They’ll become a minority interest. They’ll be treated as relics of a bygone age, one where you had to actually leave the house to, y’know, get stuff. But just as vinyl records have survived in the sweaty-but-carefully-dust-gloved hands of music geeks, and […]