Article Category - "Future Think"

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Michael Tamblyn, May 2016
How We Read (Is Just as Important as What We Read) »

PUBLISHED MAY 2016 by Michael Tamblyn, President & CEO, Rakuten Kobo Is it possible that we—as an industry in 2016—are not in an unusual state of crisis? Since maybe 2008 or 2009, we have been in a digital great leap forward, a nearly perpetual state of disruption. For years, all kinds of cataclysmic predictions were …

Brian F. O’Leary, April 2016
Overcoming the Page Metaphor »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Brian O’Leary, Principal, Magellan Media Consulting Publishers and authors seeking sales across multiple platforms face a widely recognized challenge: discovery. More than ever, content abundance makes helping readers find a book a marketing priority. But publishers and authors face a less visible but equally significant challenge: demonstrating relevance to audiences that …

Brooke Warner, April 2016
How to Stoke the Independent Revolution »

PUBLISHED APRIL 2016 by Brooke Warner, Publisher, She Writes Press Recently, I had dinner with several publishing colleagues. We were an industry mash-up: a traditional publisher, two independent publishers, two booksellers, an agent, a publicist, and a reporter. The conversation about the indie publishing landscape was largely encouraging, but a few disparaging comments about self-publishing …

Angela Bole, February 2016
Director’s Desk: Choose Change »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” These words, from Japanese scholar Kakuzo Okakura, ring true to me. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about how people and organizations embrace change. In my personal life, it’s never the same day …

Darhiana Mateo Téllez, February 2016
Kat Meyer’s Manifesto »

PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 2016 by Darhiana Mateo Téllez, IBPA Independent managing editor The queen of content talks trends, technology, and Twitter Kat Meyer is a professional eavesdropper—among other talents. With 20-plus years in the publishing industry in roles spanning community management, event curation, editorial, marketing, and social media, Meyer has made it her business to stay on …

Angela Bole, January 2016
Director’s Desk: Five Things to Watch in 2016 »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Angela Bole, CEO, Independent Book Publishers Association It’s January and you know what that means: a new year stretches before us ripe for the filling. If you’re like me, you have many exciting projects on your plate and plenty of trends to consider. In honor of this busy time, I thought …

Lynn Rosen, January 2016
Indie Publishers Confidential »

PUBLISHED JANUARY 2016 by Lynn Rosen, IBPA Independent contributing editor Below, IBPA taps a diverse array of indie publishing professionals from across the country for a candid discussion on how the industry has evolved, where it’s headed, their biggest pain points, and why —through it all— they can’t imagine doing anything else. How do you …

Joseph J. Esposito, November 2015
The Future of Narrative »

PUBLISHED NOVEMBER 2015 by Joseph J. Esposito, President, Processed Media Have you seen “Why You Need an App to Understand My Novel,” the fascinating column in the Guardian by the novelist Iain Pears? Readers familiar with Pears’s earlier work (An Instance of the Fingerpost, Scipio’s Dream, and also the Jonathan Argyll art history mysteries) have …

Charles Kiefer and Malcolm Constable, September 2013
How to Have an Aha! Moment: The Trio Exercise Yield Insight »

We are all born with the capacity for insight, a capacity that remains with us our entire lives. Insights are those “Aha!” moments when the clouds part and the solution to your problem arises right in front of you. They happen when fresh new light is spread on a subject you’ve considered for some time. …

Mike Shatzkin, August 2013
Unbundling: The Fourth Main Force Shaping 21st-Century Book Publishing »

Mike Shatzkin, founder and CEO of The Idea Logical Company, has been an industry consultant for more than three decades. His blog, The Shatzkin Files (, is the source of this article and offers links to speeches and posts that document the evolution in his thinking in this area. In the July 2013 Independent, I looked …

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