Articles from September 2007

Traditional Publisher, Self-Publisher Form Venture: Not All Authors Benefit

September 24th, 2007 · 5 Comments

It is not a surprise that traditional entertainment companies are turning to the Internet to find new talent. In fact, the surprise would be if they weren’t. Not only is the web a great place to showcase talent, but it also gives editors, agents, producers, whomever the opportunity to observe fan reaction. Self-publisher works for […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing

Stop Your Sobbing

September 18th, 2007 · 14 Comments

At first I was amused. Now I read articles decrying the cutting of newspapers book reviews with barely-contained impatience. I am tired of the hand-wringing, the bemoaning of “loss of culture”, the sense of entitlement many of these articles present. Rather than leading the way to the solution, the writers behind these pieces show, sometimes […]

File Under: Reviewing Reviewing

Print-on-Demand, Self-Publishing, and the World of Economics: A Podcast

September 14th, 2007 · 3 Comments

One of the great features of the Booksquare/Medialoper complex is the awesome production studio. It’s not unusual for the team (cats, humans, squirrels, random strangers) to go straight from the conference facilities to the microphone to talk about the big ideas of our era. Luckily for you, cooler heads often prevail the next morning. Except […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing

Jane, Now More Than Ever

September 13th, 2007 · 2 Comments

[BS: The great thing about Jane Austen fans is the myriad of reasons they come to Jane. Some come for the clothes, stay for the satire. Others seek the social skewering but discover the empathy. And, yeah, there a few who figure if it’s good enough for Colin Firth…. Today, we welcome Laurie Viera Rigler, […]

File Under: Books/Mags/Blogs

Kindle: They Didn’t Start The Fire

September 10th, 2007 · 14 Comments

Yeah, well, you try to resist a bad pun first thing in the morning. So Amazon, as threatened, has released its e-reader, the Kindle (the naming of products remains one of those mysteries that will never be solved). It uses e-ink, has wireless connectivity, generous battery life, and kills germs. Why am I not excited? […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing

Apple Saves The Publishing Industry

September 5th, 2007 · 9 Comments

So, yeah, you’re thinking that the Apple announcements yesterday were interesting. You’re thinking, wow, I didn’t want to spend a month’s worth of book money on a phone, but, hey, they lowered the price. Or maybe you’re thinking you didn’t need a new phone. But everyone can use an iPod. Especially since iPods are now […]

File Under: Marketing For Introverts · Non-Traditional Publishing · The Future of Publishing

Simple Consumer Psychology

September 5th, 2007 · 3 Comments

The beauty of the various entertainment industries is that there are many parallels to be drawn. Despite their apparent differences — sound, pictures, and words — are built on common distribution methodologies, they use the same accounting principles as their base (tweaking as necessary), and they make the same mistakes. As noted about a gazillion […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing