Eucalyptus is a NICE looking forthcoming iphone book reading app. At least it was forthcoming until it was banned by Apple’s approval system for indecent content. It’s a frustrating and odd story but well worth reading.
Ivan O’Brien offers a glimpse of the hectic season that is presentation time. I find this just about the worst time of the year for a commissioning editor, you need to know everything about your forthcoming Christmas books, worry about sales for your currently released books and plan for the first and second half of next years books, damn awkward really. Still, Ivan gives a nice sense of what it is like in this post.
Wouldn’t it be funny if in creating a proprietary platform that locked content into their blocks of ugliness (ie the kindle) Amazon also smashed the one almost universally useful tool for making objective decisions in book publishing, Nielsen Bookscan. It wouldn’t and I’m also not entirely certain that the side effect was accidental if it came to pass. Amazon’s advantage in data on consumer behavior and actions would become even more pronounced if Nielsen perish. Still, read this post by Steve Weber for some more thoughts on this.
Michael Cairns offered some very useful and thought provoking notes on the future role for publishers in the tweeting age: The Digital Concierge. Mike Shatzkin expanded on them some more and Adam Hodgkin has some thoughts on the subject too. All told Twitter is high in my mind the last few days!
In case you feel there is not enough publishing information out there for you, there is a new newsletter, Publishing Perspectives, offering a clear view on international publisher. I think it’s worth giveing it some time to find its feet! No?
Finishing The Last Argument of Kings this evening!
Some fascinating data about iPhone app downloads and how they flow.
Story on Techcrunch & Original Source
The Digital Market is worth £80million in the UK according to this piece in the Bookseller.
A pretty interesting build-your-own-textbook offering from Norton is the US. The story is here and the actual etextbook website here.
A really interesting piece by Tim O’Reilly on books and reinventing them for the web.
A great post by Michael Hyatt on building a platform for authors!
Enjoy the bank holiday if you have one!
I’m in France for a week and while there might well be an internet connection, there will be better things to do than post (hopefully).
Here are a few thoughts while I’m away
Some out of print issues cropping up again. The Bookseller has a piece on it here.
Laurence Orbach pours cold water on digital community building, rightly I half think, here.
If Waterstones is stocking the sony e-reader in the UK, does that mean I can get one here?
So I’ll be back in early August.
More from the guardian on the Weidenfeld & Nicolson story I wrote about before
The Irish Independent comments on the shortlists for childrens literature prizes (i disagree in places, no doubt it will be clear where)
The hype surrounding Robert Miller’s coming imprint and the reality (Judge which is which for yourselves)
Here and Here
An interesting little rant on the current status of some hallowed Company/Imprint names
Walmart hits magazine publishers with a bit of a whammy.
Nice post from Lessig on ideas and the future.
Blurb seems to be rocking the self publishing boat pretty impressively.
How cool are Flickr and the Library of Congress? I wish our own museums and libraries had such an approach.
I’m testing out how well Google Docs works for posting to WordPress. So if this is a little dodgy pray allow some leeway!