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Amazon: Battle lines being drawn?

Lots of anticipation for the Amazon announcement in NY next week. Will it be Kindle 2.0, a slightly underwhelming device with different buttons and a faster graphics card? Will it be the long-awaited announcement of Kindle UK? Or the announcement of an iPhone app that supports Kindle? This last is (for me) potentially the most [...]

Published: February 6, 2009. Read more →

Republic Day Parade, 29 January, Delhi (UKYPE 09)

[Written as part of our visit to India with the British Council. All such posts will be listed in a dedicated category; apologies if this isn't of interest. If it is of interest, then you can also see more on our Flickr set]
On republic day, a national holiday and without meetings planned, James, Lucy [...]

Published: February 1, 2009. Read more →

Jaipur Book Fair, 22-24 January 2009 (UKYPE 09)

[Written as part of our visit to India with the British Council. All such posts will be listed in a dedicated category; apologies if this isn't of interest. If it is of interest, then you can also see more on our Flickr set]
As the cliché goes, India is a land of stark contrasts. And for [...]

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“Content is Free… but curation is sacred”

One of the ideas going through my head for the past few months can be summed up in the following line

“Content is Free… but curation is sacred”

The phrase (see below for its origins) first came to mind during the Google [un-] settlement with US publishers, and since then I’ve become more and more interested in [...]

Published: January 26, 2009. Read more →

British Council’s UK Publishing Entrepreneur Trip to India

So, James and Peter from Apt Studio are currently in India on The British Council’s Young Publishing Entrepreneur trip.
James Bridle (producer at Apt) has been shortlisted for his awesome work on Bookkake and Bkkkpr (among other stuff).
Peter Collingridge, Managing Director of Apt, has been shortlisted for Apt’s innovative commercial work in the publishing [...]

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25th Estate: This Is Where We Live (4th Estate)

At last! We can show you the awesome project we were working on earlier this summer.
Press Books – the literary division of HarperCollins, containing 4th Estate and Perennial – approached us in the summer, asking us to come up with ideas for helping them celebrate the forthcoming 25th anniversary of imprint 4th Estate.
We’ve done [...]

Published: December 1, 2008. Read more →

Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook

We’re very pleased to announce that Doris Lessing’s The Golden Notebook, our collaboration with The Institute for the Future of the Book, is now live.
Several months ago we heard that the Institute was setting up in the UK, and we approached Chris Meade with a view to working with if:book London on a joint project. [...]

Published: November 7, 2008. Read more →

Victoria Barnsley, HarperCollins CEO, on “Publishing: Media’s Last Diehard?”

Last night Victoria Barnsley, Chief Executive and Publisher of HarperCollins UK and International, gave a talk at LSE entitled ‘Publishing: Media’s Last Diehard?’ This is a loose transcription based on my notes, which are a very rough rendition of what was said. May contain errors.

A theme of change, appropriate for the night. Publishing is “standing [...]

Published: November 5, 2008. Read more →

Bookkake

Just a quick one to anyone who doesn’t also read James’ excellent Booktwo; James has just launched his own, print-on-demand, “dirty books” imprint Bookkake. The imprint, which was funded by ACE long before James started working with us, does everything that we think a modern publisher should do.
That means PoD, sensible pricing, beautiful design [...]

Published: September 29, 2008. Read more →

eBook Haters – The New Luddites?

I was in Waterstones’ flagship London Piccadilly store yesterday, and decided to take a look at their in-store presentation of the Sony Reader. (And before you accuse me of being a hater, I am a fan of electronic books, despite some people’s interpretation of previous posts.)
The good news is that I was told that Waterstones [...]

Published: September 25, 2008. Read more →