It's easy to forget readers. They are the people who go out to bookshops and buy books. They are the ones who decide, by their choices, which ones become 'best sellers'; which authors prosper and whic...
The problem with the internet is that it changes so fast, and develops in so many different ways, that ordinary people have problems keeping up with it. Worse, they don't see new things as they are bu...
Let's imagine what it would be like if an internet surfer read a novel in the same way they viewed the web. Just to make it interesting, let's imagine it's the sort of book I write, a murder mystery.T...
When vegetarians want to be insulting, they call anyone who disagrees with them a 'carnivore'. That's inaccurate. No human being is a carnivore. People are omnivores. Generally speaking, -if you look...
How much do people really want to be rich? If you check in to the Web regularly you might be forgiven for thinking the answer to that question would be 'everybody'. The internet is so full of 'opportu...
Picture the scene. I'm driving sedately in my family car across the desolate moors of Derbyshire, in particular the High Peak area of North West England, the far side of Macclesfield. It's a long, fai...
Here in Britain we're enjoying seeing a new TV series that's all about 'Heroes'. The story seems to be similar to the 'X-Men' series, in that ordinary people are discovering that they possess st...
Every Traditional Publisher should read the book by Nicholas Taleb called 'The Black Swan'. Not least because it's now a runaway best-seller and, in the fine tradition of that category, it was ignored...
The reality of becoming famous is not something most people would enjoy. When I was younger, I shared a flat in the city of Bristol and above us, on the next floor, were the pop band known as 'Stackri...
We live in an unshockable society. That's what some people would like to believe. If you're a liberal, you talk about all the progress we've made and how far we've come since the bad old days of the 1...