While some publishers see social media as the enemy, others understand Instagram = instabooks = instaprofits

We hear it so often it’s easy to start believing it. Nobody reads because they are all on social media on their smartphones. And let’s be honest. It’s easy to buy into that narrative. Just take a look around. It seems practically everyone is glued to their smartphone instead of reading books. Or so the Read More …

A million poetry books sold in 2016

It’s a funny old world. Publishing is supposedly on its knees, decimated by digital, attention spans are supposedly shortening by the day and no-one reads any more, and video streaming and other distractions are wiping out any vestige of hope that literature might still be around next weekend. Meanwhile books continue to sell, publishers continue Read More …

Instagram Poets that outsell Grisham and Atwood

It was never meant to be like this. In those dark and gloomy days of 2011-13 it seemed to many observers that mainstream publishing had no future and digital would not just disrupt, but destroy publishing as we knew it. Not only were upstart start-ups like Amazon’s KDP, Apple’s iBooks, Kobo, Nook, Smashwords and a Read More …