Month: January 2012

Ubiquity

Ubiquity

Web users have been trained long enough to know what they want: everything. That’s the promise of the web. Every book for sale at Amazon. Every search result visible on Google. Every auctioned item right there on eBay. Not piracy. Availability. The music industry got confused about this and decided that people merely wanted to…

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Downside up

Downside up

The single biggest change in book publishing is this: The industry was built around finding readers for its writers. And new technologies and business models now mean that the most successful publishers and authors find writers for their readers instead. Traditionally, a book is signed, written, edited, designed, printed and distributed and THEN the publisher…

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The Academy Awards are not news

The Academy Awards are not news

Neither are the nominations. Feature stories about who is going to win or the personal lives of the actors and directors involved are fluff unworthy of a space-limited newspaper. The show is banal and nearly endless. I don’t care who wins, and a year later, very few remember. And the financial impact of winning is…

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Apple didn’t make publishing easier…

Apple didn’t make publishing easier…

They made it easier to get your ideas into digital print. There’s a huge difference between printing and publishing. Printing is a commodity, a straightforward but important process that takes time and money. Clearly, digital ‘print’ in the form of an ebook is easier and cheaper than paper printing, which involves cutting down trees and…

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Knock, knock, it’s the future (Building 59)

Knock, knock, it’s the future (Building 59)

Why not ban digital cameras? Kodak declared bankruptcy this week. Legislation to ban digital cameras could have saved this company, a “jobs creator,” pillar of the community and long-time wonderful brand. One wonders why they didn’t make the effort? Would you have lobbied for that bill? A friend tells a story about Kodak. Apparently, they…

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