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FutureBook on ‘browser books’

Our friend Molly Flatt at FutureBook has just published a very interesting editorial piece about 'browser books' which takes as its starting point Phoenix Magazine's journey from delivering digital content via an app to delivering via a well-organised web-based...

Has social media made author websites obsolete?

An author website is still far more essential than Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, says Simon Appleby. This piece originally appears on the Bookseller's Futurebook website. It seems remarkable to me, in 2017, to even be discussing whether an author should have a...

My Digital Life: Dr Barbara Oakley

Welcome to the third post of our new series, in which we ask our author clients to answer three questions about how they use digital marketing in their careers, and how it affects their writing. This week: Dr Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering at Oakland...

My Digital Life: Peter Fisk

Welcome to the second post of our new series, in which we ask our lovely author clients to answer three questions about how they use digital marketing in their careers, and how it affects their writing. This week: Peter Fisk. Peter is a global business thought leader...

My Digital Life: Patrick Gale

Welcome to the first in a new series, in which we ask our lovely author clients to answer three questions about how they use digital marketing in their careers, and how it affects their writing. Kicking us off is Patrick Gale. Patrick's sixteenth novel, A Place Called...

Introducing Bookswarm Consultancy

Delivering consultancy services has always been a key part of what Bookswarm does - but providing information about that alongside our portfolio of core services has always been something of a challenge. So now we've created a new website to showcase some of our...

Download our latest White Paper on e-commerce options for WordPress

Download our latest White Paper on e-commerce options for WordPress

We shared it with visitors to our stand at London Book Fair this week and now we're sharing it with you - our latest white paper on selling with WordPress. Bookswarm has built its business around WordPress, and one of the things we’re increasingly being asked by...

Meet Bookswarm at London Book Fair 2017, March 14-16

Bookswarm will be exhibiting at London Book Fair at Olympia again this year - we're on the Independent Publishing Agency Collective stand (3A40), which you can find directly opposite the Tech Bar. If you're going, please do come along and say hello. You could even...

Looking back on 2016

2016 has been a busy year for Bookswarm. Simon Appleby looks back... Don't mention Brexit, don't mention Trump, don't mention Brexit, don't mention Trump, don't mention Brexit, don't mention Trump. Putting events that shall not be named to one side, 2016 has been a...

Author websites for beginners

Bookswarm's founder Simon Appleby rounds up some useful advice and information for authors considering taking the plunge on creating their first website, or renewing an existing web presence. Why does an author need a website? Here are the three most important...

5 ways to build a website that ‘looks after itself’

5 ways to build a website that ‘looks after itself’

Kjell Eldor reflects on the five top ways to keep your website 'busy' without it becoming your full-time job ...  I've led you here under false pretences ... There is of course no such thing as a website that can 'look after itself'. Engaging websites take time and...

How to build a website with Bookswarm

Kjell Eldor reflects on the anatomy of a successful project. We recently worked with the editorial team at Walker Books to create a micro-site for their new publication Get Coding! In this case study I'll share with you how we bring website projects to life at...

Five ways to excel on Amazon

It's time for the second in our series of guest posts. Leila Dewji co-founded I_AM Self-Publishing to help self-publishing authors get to market in the most professional way possible. Here she shares some of the tips that her authors use to get one step ahead of the...

Excellent author websites on The Writing Platform

Back in 2013, Simon blogged for The Writing Platform about ten author websites he really liked.  Since then, web design conventions and web technology have moved on and we thought it was time to come back for another round, so Simon has written a new article with a...

WordCamp 2016 – from a volunteer’s perspective

WordCamp 2016 – from a volunteer’s perspective

We asked Bookswarm's WordPress-Wrangler-in-Chief Alex Watson to tell us about her recent experiences as a volunteer at WordCamp London 2016. Clearly she had far too much fun... WordCamp London 2016 was my second WordCamp and the first time I offered to volunteer. I...

Bookswarm launches new website for award-winning Saraband

Bookswarm have designed and built a new web presence for award-winning independent publishers Saraband. Glasgow-based Saraband are a creative independent publisher striving to offer their readers something a little bit different. They work in three main areas:...

Bookswarm at the London Book Fair this week

Today sees the start of the London Book Fair at London Olympia. If you haven't arranged to see Bookswarm yet, we still have some meeting slots available on Tuesday 12th and Thursday 14th. Come to the IPAC stand, 3A40 - if we're not available, please leave a card and...