The view from Frankfurt 2010: who controls the ebook business?

Victoria Barnsley and Mike Shatzkin discuss the risks posed by Amazon and the need for publishers to focus on readers. So little has changed… One of the most in-demand events at this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair was Friday’s round-table discussion: The eBook Business: Who’s in Control? Entry was so carefully restricted that even panel member…

#dearpublisher: an open letter to the industry

An early piece on the need for publishers to engage with readers through social media. In a blogpost at Futurebook, shortly after this year’s London Book Fair, Sam Missingham, the Bookseller’s unofficial “chief twitterer”, suggested that UK publishing was using Twitter to engage in a conversation that embraced “authors and their fans, librarians and publishers,…

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…