52 episodes

This podcast explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs, and you can subscribe to this podcast at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter as @john_pettigrew. The podcast is on hiatus for a few months from Easter 2019 but we'll be back later in the year with more great people!

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This podcast explores bookish businesses and the fantastic people who create them, looking at why business are started, how they keep going and where we can take them in the future. I'm John Pettigrew - a hat wearer, a recovering editor and the creator of Futureproofs, and you can subscribe to this podcast at Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts, and follow me on Twitter as @john_pettigrew. The podcast is on hiatus for a few months from Easter 2019 but we'll be back later in the year with more great people!

    50: Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

    50: Why start a publishing business? (Best Bits)

    For episode 50, I've put together a compilation of some of our best bits about why people set up a publishing business, whether they'd lost a previous job, were frustrated with how the industry works, or something else. Extracts are from interviews with Emma Barnes (episode 3), Alison Jones (episode 7), Ken Jones (episode 8), Bec Evans (episode 17), Justo Hidalgo (episode 18), Nancy Roberts (episode 20), Kate Wilson (episode 22), John Bond (episode 28) and Dominique Raccah (episode 29).

    • 24 min
    49: Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

    49: Passion and idealism (Hugh McGuire interview)

    Hugh McGuire helped found the Rebus Foundation (reb.us), Librivox (librivox.org) and Pressbooks (pressbooks.com), & he's been trying to bring the world of the book together with the world of the web since 2005. We talk about the idealism that led to (and fed from) his founding of Librivox, and how later experiences differed. Also, how for-profit and not-for-profit organisations differ, and the support mechanisms that a 'vision' person like Hugh needs to put in place to ensure that things actually get done!

    • 30 min
    48: Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

    48: Follow your customer (Miral Sattar interview)

    Miral Sattar is CEO and Founder of LearnSelfPublishingFast and of Bibliocrunch, an award-winning marketplace that connects authors with vetted editors, designers, marketers and more. She's worked in the media industries for 11 years, including launching several digital initiatives at Time. We discuss how initial business ideas change when they encounter customers, how to learn what your customers actually want, and the excitement of working in an industry that's going through huge changes.

    • 29 min
    47: Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

    47: Readers, users and scale (Emmanuel Kolade interview)

    Emmanuel Kolade is founder of Shulph, a book-tech company focussed on multi-format reading experiences. He spent the past 17 years specialising in human-centred design for digital products, including leading PwC's digital experience and working for a wide range of other businesses. We talk about the experiences that drove him to found Shulph, the ways books and book-buying will evolve in the next few years, and the balance between building a business for revenue and building a business for users.

    • 31 min
    46: From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

    46: From German Literature to blockchain (Sebastian Posth interview)

    Sebastian Posth is a serial entrepreneur and consultant for the publishing industry, with a focus on digital publishing and innovation, transforming these new technologies into useful products, services or tools for the publishing industry. We talk about his journey from studying German Literature to publishing technology, including the crucial role that a photocopier played. Also, digital sales and distribution, adopting new technologies, and balancing new stuff with maintaining your existing business.

    • 29 min
    45: Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

    45: Access to ideas and nature (Helen Bagnall interview)

    Helen Bagnall is co-founder of Salon London and the Transmission Prize, and also Director of the Also Festival of ideas. Before all that, she worked as a writer for Sony Pictures Entertainment, looking after characters across a range of platforms. We talk about spending time with new ideas and in nature, and how ideas across science, philosophy and culture are important if you want to be truly creative. Because the team work on ideas every day, they are continually reassessing how they work and live.

    • 30 min

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