The London Project eBook: Now live on iBooks for the iPad and Kindle


Over the last few months I have been working on an ebook called The London project. It features high profile London bloggers Laura Scott (The Locals), Rob Baker (Another Nickel), Dan Calladine (Pop Up London), Sean Hannam (Say it with garage flowers), Paul Sorene (Anorak, Who Ate All The Pies) and several others.

Stories include

The tale of the City’s most iconic 20th century image
The capital’s disappearing villages
The London venues that shaped the history of music
The hidden history of the Thames Estuary
Dalston’s Street Preachers
London’s lost sports venues
The curse of north London artist Stuart Free
How the Hippies took Mayfair
Pop-Up London – what’s behind the trend

and a load more.

It was created for the iPad using iBooks Author – which enabled us to add galleries, maps and video – which in the context of The London Project are mainly used as footnotes. The Kindle version is a bit more straightforward. Ultimately though The London Project is about words.

The iBooks version is here

and the Kindle here…

An alternative publishing model for @TheWordMagazine – try the @blzzrd approach


To be honest I was never much of a Word Magazine reader. Still I am very sad that the publishers have now called it a day.

As David Hepworth said this morning

‘In the nine years since the magazine launched there have been dramatic changes in the media and the music business. These changes have made it more difficult for a small independent magazine to survive and provide its staff with a living. This hasn’t been made any easier by the economic climate of the wider world.’

I do wonder however if there is an alternative business model for the magazine and that is to ape the brilliant football magazine Blizzard –

As far as I can work out people bought The Word for two reasons. Firstly it appealed to magazine die-hards who love the feel, the design and the grammar of magazines. These people probably curse the day the web arrived and never got over the death of The Face.

There are however readers who love the magazine for its long-tail content. the essays, extended interviews and more that just doesn’t really work online. And for these people the Blizzard type concept would work a treat.

Basically Blizzard publishes a magazine style ebook on the Kindle, iBook and print on demand formats every few months. The features tend to be serious, intelligent, and occasionally downright pretentious dissections of the beautiful game, If you want to read why brilliant historian Dominic Sandbrook thinks that Revie era Leeds had much in common with Nixon’s US presidency this is the place to go.

The subs are cheap, or you can pay for what you want. There is minimal design and no images – it is all about the words. I guess that Blizard isn’t making enough money to sustain a traditional publishing team, and it probably never will, but with an editor, freelancers and a web team on board, it has the potential to one day make some serious money.

It is early days for this type of magazine ebook concept. An ebook I was involved with – The London Project – recently launched and has been a big success in its free iBooks/iPad format. Once again it mostly features longer essays about London (the capital’s disappearing villages, The dark side of the Holloway Road etc) with galleries, maps and video used as footnotes. It is available here

The London Project is at the start of its journey, and Blizzard has only been around a year or to. As for The Word, it is a brand that men of advancing years (coughs) is very loyal to. There’s an opportunity there somewhere.

The London Project – almost done


I have been a little quiet on here for a while now, largely because I have been trying to finish the book that I have been working on for months now.

The London Project is a collection of stories, images and videos that reflect the World’s greatest city on the cusp of a momentous year in its history.

It will look back at the past, take the pulse of the city as it is now and make a few predictions about its future. It will be available in the following formats.

iBooks version for the iPad – in colour with Google Maps, video and galleries.
Kindle version – less interactive, and no colour unless you read it on a Kindle app and not on the ereader
Print – a proper book version.

You’ll read about

The London landmarks that no one sees
The capital’s disappearing villages
The ten London venues that shaped the history of music
London’s most important night in the 20th century
Why London loves pop-ups

and a colourful cast of Londoners from Joe Meek through to north London artist Stuart Free.

Anyway – check out the Facebook page and if you ‘like’ us you’ll know when the Project hits the iTunes store/Amazon.

Btw – Bonus points for anyone who can name the place featured on the pic – a clue – it is just outside London on the Thames