December 5th, 2013
Publishers are locked into legacy systems and mentalities on too many levels. It’s almost impossible to change this. What to do?
First some background. Last week I was part of the Big Ideas panel at the Futurebook conference. It was therefore a shame that, in true espirit d’escalier fashion, I had a further big idea on the way out. Although I’ve spent a great deal of time over the past couple of years writing a book about the past, present and future of publishing, in doing that research I wanted to steer clear of too many ‘actionable’ points.
The research was really about big picture stuff – more media theory than how-to guide. It was about publishing over the long term; the relationship between publishing and technology, publishing and capital, publishing and culture. So my ideas have become, well, either too big or too irrelevant for most publishers.
November 28th, 2013
A bookishly-techie and techishly-bookie Black Friday Shopping List especially for you.
We know how terribly daunting Christmas shopping can be. There are just so many questions: What should I get? Where should I get it from? Who do I really really have to buy gifts for? Can I find a way of supporting indie booksellers for the entire holiday season? (Yes you can, I believe in you.)
We’ve come up with some book gifts for tech lovers and tech gifts for bookish types to ease you through the period. For all of your physical book needs The Guardian website has a great free tool for locating your nearest bookshop.