'…For now, the book world and its gaming rivals are searching for the new big thing, perhaps with a clarion call from Stephen Page of Faber ringing in their ears: “The burning platform for change is still smouldering, and rather than rest, it is our job to blow on the embers and ignite the next inferno of change,” he wrote in a recent blogpost. “Anyone publishing for the Galaxy Gear smart watch yet?”

In contrast Franklin, at Random House, wants to experiment with ” a new kind of minimalism”. This means telling stories on the web, “taking away a lot of focus on context and packaging”.

He adds: “Ironically, could it be words and text that really disrupt the way we publish books?” ‘

The Greatest Hits of Jeff Bezos

"While he can be charming and capable of great humor in public, in private he explodes into what some of his underlings call nutters. A colleague failing to meet Bezos’s exacting standards will set off a nutter…."

1. Are you lazy or just incompetent?”

2. “I’m sorry, did I take my stupid pills today?”

3. “Do I need to go down and get the certificate that says I’m CEO of the company to get you to stop challenging me on this?”

4. “Are you trying to take credit for something you had nothing to do with?”

5. “If I hear that idea again, I’m gonna have to kill myself.”

6. “We need to apply some human intelligence to this problem.”

7. [After reviewing the annual plan from the supply chain team] “I guess supply chain isn’t doing anything interesting next year.”

8. [After reading a start-of-meeting memo] “This document was clearly written by the B team. Can someone get me the A team document? I don’t want to waste my time with the B team document.”

9. [After an engineer’s presentation] “Why are you wasting my life?”