I've worked in bookselling and publishing for many years, now I'm keen to move away from selling and towards sharing...
I have been a bookseller for fifteen years and obsessed with books for far longer. I have worked for Waterstone's, Daunt Books and also co-owned and ran two independent bookshops named Crockatt & Powell. I am now doing an MA at King's College London in Digital Asset Management as well as writing/publishing my own e-books. The publishing world is going through a period of great change. I am interested in the future of the book in this new digital era and will mostly be blogging along these lines.
We admit to the German part - our series design is certainly inspired by continental attitudes to book design. Our publisher Stefan lived for some years in Dresden and loved the way literature was presented there. (Not the same stock photos.) There seemed to be an attitude that it was the words inside that should count and that's something we also believe in strongly for our books.
Imagine if you will a kind of literary kaleidoscope. Smash up the writings of Haruki Murakami, Borges and Denis Johnson. Pour the fragments into your kaleidoscope and put it to your eye. Start to twist the tube and watch the coloured patterns form, shift and reform into a different shape.This gives an approximate idea of what it feels like to read this astonishing novel.
It has taken developers 40 years to come up with a way of reading electronically that people enjoy. In the end they had to make the experience as close to that of reading a printed book as possible. People have an emotional relationship to the way they read.
If you were in a bookshop and picked up a collection by Alice Munro it would cost nothing for you to read a story to see if you liked her work. If you did you would then go to the till and purchase the entire collection.
30/11/2011 11:29 GMT
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