Feb 22 2013
Friday News: Hachette’s Forever and Forever Imprint announces major expansion; Apple iWatch coming; Copyright dispute bans Germans from viewing German meteor video
I think you can now mark that rumor confirmed as Apple has filed a patent for “bi-stable spring with flexible display.” The abstract says “A wearable accessory device is disclosed. The wearable accessory device includes a flexible display coupled to a bi-stable spring. Coupling the display to the bi-stable spring allows the accessory device to be easily worn in a number of convenient locations. “ Quartz
This is a huge increase but I’ve heard that the major expansion will take place under the Forever Yours digital only arm. It may be that authors may be published with digital first arm and print to be determined at a later date based on the success of the digital.
No word on the pricing of the digital first books. Forever and Forever Yours plans to hire new staff to meet the increased output goals. The press release (in the spoiler banner) identifies several self published authors Forever has acquired which may signal the way forward.
UPDATED: I received an update on the upcoming publishing schedule for Forever/Forever Yours
- We’ve got 14 historicals in Forever (print) coming out in 2013 and 16 in 2014.The # in 2014 will be going up.
- In 2013 (July onward), we’re looking at roughly 4-6 print books a month, 7 Forever yours digital titles a month.
- In 2014, we’re looking at roughly 6 Forever print books a month, 10 Forever Yours digital titles a month.