Author David Mitchell’s writings on ‘imagination and time, which authors can take in so many directions’ are entrusted to Norway’s Future Library project.
Germany’s Inkitt: When a Machine Is the Gatekeeper
While algorithmic recommendations are familiar to us from online book retail, a year-old Berlin startup is talking algorithmic selection for publication.
On Publishing in India: ‘21,000 Retailers Sell Books Here’
Reflecting the myriad dynamics of the country’s culture, itself, Vinutha Mallya’s essay on India this month describes a vast, complex publishing industry with many strengths and the challenge of many inequities.
Is It Time for India’s Book Market to Gain ‘Industry’ Status?
A report from Nielsen about India’s book market shows rising literacy rates and education, complicated by 22 languages and over 1,600 dialects.
Paris’ PUF Bookstore Reopens With Print-on-Demand
The Espresso Book Machine proves to be just what’s needed to revive Paris’ venerable ‘PUF’ bookshop: print on demand.
Sourcebooks’ ‘Put Me In the Story’: B&N Puts It In the Stores
Dominique Raccah’s popular Put Me In the Story line of personalized kids’ books from Sourcebooks is picked up by Barnes & Noble.
Innovation is the Only Way to Increase Ebook Sales
If publishers hope to grow ebook sales, they must find ways to innovate in actionable, tangible ways that will increase sales, argues Sol Rosenberg.
Data Encryption, Cryptography are Keys to the Future of the Book
Alec Ross sees a future in which digital books can be delivered as unpiratable text messages and the big data revolution is democratized to smaller players.
Big Idea: Postcapitalism is Coming, But Publishing Will (Mostly) Be Spared
UK author Paul Mason sees the future as a place where the value of work is reduced to zero, but ideas — and their proliferation — still hold sway.
BookExpo America 2015 Elicits Mixed Emotions
BookExpo America 2015 felt like even more of a marketing event with literature firmly pushed aside in favor of pure commerce.