On Digital - Notes from the London Book Fair 2010

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Interviews with Dan Franklin, Digital Editor at publisher Canongate Books and Peter Collingridge of Enhanced Editions* plus an Apple iPad /iBooks demo courtesy of Jill Tinsley at Pindar plc.

The disruption to travel after the volcanic ash cloud threatened to turn the London Book Fair 2010 into a disaster. In the words of one agent, "The people I came here to meet just aren't here. It's not a write off yet, but it's headed that way." Yet the halls were still full of the Spring buzz surrounding the books that agents and publishers championed enthusiastically.Words like, 'fresh, exciting, unpredicted, ambitious, joy, challenge, phenomenal and serendipitous' were spoken with a passion which other people might reserve for talking about a new lover.
In the mouths of Canongate's Director Jamie Byng or Bloomsbury Editorial Director Helen Garnons-Wiliams books are not just books, they are something to sweep you off your feet, catch your breath and stop you from sleeping at night.
But books were no longer just books wherever you looked or listened on the show floor. The digital content, applications and platform discussions featured strongly in the seminar and events programme, and in stand displays.

I spoke with Dan Franklin, Digital Editor at publisher Canongate Books who shared his opinion on where digital content is at present in publishing, and Peter Collingridge of Enhanced Editions* about his digital market expectations and where it is already happening for him. I generously received an Apple iPad /iBooks demo courtesy of Jill Tinsley at Pindar plc and fell in love. Serendipitous indeed.

You can view them all here.

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