Speakers at the 2016 FutureBook Conference in London emphasized putting disruptive technology to work for book publishers and readers, not fearing it.
In quick expansion, the Russian ebook subscription service Bookmate started life as an e-reader producer, and evolved into a subscription service.
‘New stories are emerging in a diverse media world,’ and the Books in Browsers conference series director Peter Brantley has his eyes wide open.
Mobile phones have unused storytelling potential, says oolipo founder Ryan David Mullins, and he wants readers and content creators to further explore this.
‘If I can do it, anyone can,’ says publisher Emma Barnes, who speaks Tuesday at Frankfurt’s The Markets about publishing’s need to know tech.
As innovative as publishers may want to be, how do we evaluate market response to ‘Julian Fellowes’s Belgravia’ with so few apps as apt comparisons?
The book business hasn’t experienced disruption as dramatic as that of industries, says Jacob Dalborg. The ‘core publishing activities of acquiring, editing and publishing stories’ are resilient.
A platform on which children’s can borrow and read ebooks, BookBites integrates visual elements and tracking tools to encourage reading and book discovery.
While its imprint named ‘Abandoned Bookshop’ may not seem a ray of hope in a crowded marketplace, its publishing house, Canelo, is looking for a novelist’s heirs.
Poland’s K-12 schools are “the most obsolete places” in which youngsters spend their time, says Jakub Orczyk. And too many Polish publishers, he says, are losing their readership.