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Five publishing design cliches

Five publishing design cliches

From the airport blockbuster thriller, to the fantasy epic, to the literary prize-winner, BBC Arts’ Tom Churchill mocked up five clichés that pervade the book stands, then hilariously pulls out laughably bad real examples that have sold by the truck load. ...
Sample: The State of Play (Winning at Epée)

Sample: The State of Play (Winning at Epée)

Depending on where you’re from, five foot seven may not seem that short. The trouble is that epée fencing, with its lack of priority or right of way rules, makes epée all the more attractive for the taller fencers. Having the whole body as the target means that, unlike foil, almost anything goes. You only … Sample: The State of Play (Winning at Epée) Read More » ...
DRM: still defective by design

DRM: still defective by design

Microsoft announced in April that it was closing the Microsoft Store’s e-books section. The short-lived foray into e-books began in 2017 as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. With the closure of the store, Microsoft also set a date this month (July) by which it would remove all purchased books from the libraries of … DRM: still defective by design Read More » ...
The role of independent publishers

The role of independent publishers

Take a look at the output of the Big Five publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, along with their multitude of subsidiary imprints) and you’ll see a tendency to spend big on a few titles in the hope of getting enough big hits to cover losses on the rest. Like … The role of independent publishers Read More » ...
The Self-publishing Revolution

The Self-publishing Revolution

The last two decades have seen huge changes in the publishing industries – the consolidation of publishers and agents, the advent of cost-effective digital printing for small runs, and the rise of the Internet as a discovery and distribution platform. It’s an industry my father would barely recognise from his time in publishing during the … The Self-publishing Revolution Read More » ...