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What can publishers learn from the success of Angry Birds?

Four years ago Finnish mobile games developer Rovio was at rock bottom. Long development times and high overheads were pushing the organisation towards bankruptcy; 38 of the company’s 50-strong workforce were let go. Rovio’s next product didn't just need to sell, it needed to sell enough to save the company. The make-or-break game was ‘Angry [...]

By |December 8th, 2012|digital publishing|1 Comment

Four horsemen of the apocalypse at the ICA

Last night at the ICA, Roy Greenslade, Professor of Journalism at City University and Guardian Media columnist, spelled out the crisis in the newspaper industry: "In newspapers - but not books - print will die, and is in the process of dying." In that one sentence he summed up not just the challenge facing every [...]

By |October 22nd, 2010|digital publishing|2 Comments

There’s nothing new about being single

Believe Amazon and you'll believe that writers have spent years (“more than a century” to use their words) struggling with the dilemma of whether to write under 10,000 words or over 50,000. From this standpoint, the online books-and-more retailer today announced the launch of Kindle Singles, non-fiction works twice the length of a New Yorker [...]

By |October 12th, 2010|digital publishing|3 Comments

Why the iPad ebook experience ultimately disappoints

Apple describe the iPad as a "magical and revolutionary product" and the iBooks reading experience as "a joy". But when I finally got my hands on one of this year’s must have gadgets, courtesy of a fellow reveller at a recent FutureBook drinks party I felt mightily disappointed. Not at first, you understand. Because, in [...]

By |September 30th, 2010|digital publishing|0 Comments