REACTive Publishing: innovation at the Hub

As our industry becomes increasingly hybrid – ever more digital, yet still significantly paper-based – the necessity to innovate is a growing problem for publishers. With revenues squeezed by falling prices and decreasing margins, innovation becomes more vital than ever: if we are to survive, publishers need to find new methods of working, new types…

Beyond the Book: the Society of Young Publishers conference 2012

The 2012 Society of Young Publishers conference once again matched more expensive events, with an excellent range of speakers at the cutting edge of the industry. The 2012 Society of Young Publishers conference once again offered a range and quality of speakers to rival publishing events that cost ten times as much to attend. In…

The Future of Publishing Report

In 2011, I was commissioned by Media Futures to research and produce what became the Future of Publishing report. I include an excerpt from it here. To download the full report from Media Futures, click here. Shaping the Future Articles, reports, and conferences on the future of publishing are increasingly common; genuinely useful insights into…

An innovations manager answers your questions

I ended up doing a Q&A for the Guardian after I was rude about their publishing coverage. I’ve been rude about it since, but they’ve not asked me again… As many of you will know, we’re active tweeters at @Guardianbooks. We follow many interesting and funny people and we enjoy taking part in some lively…

A Visit from the Goon Squad

I’m including this review partly out of a desire for completism, but partly because I wonder whether a publisher would consider developing such an app for a novel now, even for an experimental yet popular novel like this one. Evan Schnittmann’s claim a few months earlier that the enhanced ebook was dead has mostly come…

Mobile opportunities: The 2010 London Book Fair Digital Conference

Interesting to note how some of the key themes of the new publishing – particularly pricing and the relationship with reader – were already at the forefront of industry thinking at the first London Book Fair digital conference. The enthusiasm for new forms of enhanced ebooks has dissipated somewhat now, though… Sunday’s London Book Fair…