What publishing can learn from the fate of the Austro-Hungarian Empire

In the highly unlikely event that anyone in publishing even vaguely remembers me in ten years’ time, it’ll be for this analogy. I can live with that. It was at Frankfurt last year, on a Tools of Change panel with Brian O’Leary and Sheila Bounford, that I first started wittering on about the Austro-Hungarian Empire…

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…

A Bibliography of Sponges; or, can publishers mop up the backlist market?

Not much to add to this, except to note that the Google settlement is still no closer to becoming a reality… With Google’s interest in ebooks apparently on the wane, might successful e-publishers step into the breach? The announcement last week of Bloomsbury’s new venture, Bloomsbury Reader, will have prompted a few nods of recognition…