Other Posts Tagged Trade Publishing

A Life in a Day: The Producer’s Tale

Will Skinner, former ARU MA Publishing student and now Producer at Penguin Books, gives Blurbify an insight into a typical day at work. Up from the catacombs I rise, out from Temple station, along Victoria Embankment. Sun surrounds me. Waterloo Bridge forms a perfect concave frame of The London Eye and Big Ben. The portland




Manuscript to Print = Print to Digital?

Course Leader, Dr Leah Tether, has been away on sabbatical researching her next monograph! She updates Blurbify on her findings about the commercial book trade’s move from manuscript to print, and how that can be compared with the current shift towards digital. For some time, I’ve been arguing that print did not herald in the




Do film adaptations boost enhanced e-book sales?

Jixuan Dong, current MA Publishing student, uses her newsflash to consider a recent Publishers Weekly story on film adaptations and enhanced e-books and the impact this is having on the bookselling market. For the first three weeks of 2015, Publishers Weekly reports that the enhanced e-book of Chris Kyle’s memoir, American Sniper, has rocketed onto




Ladybird Drops Gender-Specific Books

2014/15 Course Rep Philip Mills tackles this week’s newsflash with a look at Ladybird’s recent strategy to drop gender-specific books. In this week’s issue of The Bookseller, one article struck me as particularly interesting. It considered the age-old topic of gender stereotypes. This has been bubbling a way for a little while now and it




Young Adult Fiction – Why Do We Feel Ashamed?

Victoria Love writes about why she feels there has been a rise in crossover reading in young adult fiction and the subsequent literary snobbery that surrounds it. I recently read a deep, dark secret posted on the ‘Whisper’ app. The nature of it saddened me, but I immediately felt empathy and kinship toward the poster. I




Should Someone Remind George R. R. Martin that Winter is Coming?

There is so much hype about ‘Game of Thrones’ at the moment that the whole world is eagerly awaiting the next instalment, Winds of Winter from its author, George R. R. Martin. But how long should a publisher wait for a manuscript? Sean Betts examines the nature of publishing deadlines. It took me a while




The Future of the Paperback – What Can The Trade Learn From Mills & Boon?

It’s hard to know whether you are on your tail or your head when it comes to the future of the paperback market. With an article in The Bookseller today saying ‘Paperbacks must evolve as ‘e’ encroaches’ and Nielsen reporting a dip of 28% in sales since 2008, it feels as though the paperback has




Is Bundling the Future of e-Book Purchasing?

In ‘The Bookseller’ on 7th March 2014, I read an article entitled HarperCollins to refine its ‘e’ bundling offer which I found quite intriguing, especially as a non-fiction e-book—The Railway Man by Eric Lomas—had topped the bestseller list that week. The article explains that Foyles teamed up with HarperCollins to trial an offer of bundling