In efforts like the Dutch Publishers Association’s ‘Renew the Book’ and ‘Scouting Successful Fiction’ at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands’ publishing industry explores what’s ahead.
‘We’ve been waiting for another type of book for the last two years,’ says one editor in Paris. So far, though, it’s a dystopian fiction double-down. To some in Europe, ‘This is another wave of Americanization.’
‘Ebooks are essentially Web sites in wrappers. So what happens if you take the wrappers off?’ One answer lies in the layered reading world of Strata, a digital storytelling project from Penguin Random House and a host of collaborators led by Dan Franklin.
‘For publishers,’ says author and publisher Michael Baskhar, curation is ‘about the value of what we do in a world where there is, frankly, far too much to read
‘The “data dilemma” is what to do with the data,” as was noted at #LBF16’s seminar in the final hours of the fair.
How pure a play is crowdfunding? As Unbound’s John Mitchinson says, “We still decide” which books are taken forward. And #LBF16-goers crowded a session on it.
‘My personal highlight will be meeting the amazing Judith Kerr,’ Jacks Thomas tell us in a pre-London Book Fair chat. She’s readying, again, ‘a global platform’ for the books industry.
‘The process of writing decides what is to be written next.’ Hence, says Nick Bostrom, AI may not be an ‘existential risk’ for publishing.
Ebook sales are driven by people over 50, according to Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn. Here he talks about designing better ebooks and e-readers to encourage sales.
‘How do you remain entrepreneurial when you have a business that has lasted for 90 years?’ Toby Faber on publishing longevity.