Articles from September 2009

Stupid Publishing Tricks, Part 1,110,099

September 29th, 2009 · 25 Comments

Okay, so Sarah Palin finished writing her 400-page book in four months*. That’s some hard working. Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins, took one look at the manuscript and pushed the release date to November 17, 2009. As with Ted Kennedy’s memoir, initial print run will be 1.5 million copies. Fine. All well and good so […]

File Under: The Business of Publishing

Thoughts on Print Fidelity and Accessibility

September 23rd, 2009 · 14 Comments

When I was a wee reader, my grandmother assured me that reading in poor light would destroy my eyes. Actually, heredity was the real culprit, and modern science would save me from the tyranny of eyeglasses*. I admit it: I was one of those kids who had to read, and that meant I had to […]

File Under: Square Pegs

Digital Publishing: Looking at the Business Model

September 14th, 2009 · 20 Comments

As you might imagine, I am still dissecting the past few months, and today I want to focus on business model. Some of this might seem antithetical to how publishing does business (I actually don’t think so, not if you think about it). It will definitely make some people uncomfortable because it links the actual […]

File Under: Non-Traditional Publishing

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

September 10th, 2009 · 43 Comments

Welcome back from whatever you did this summer. Me, I spent my time building a digital publishing company. It went mostly okay, though, in the end, there was no company to show for it. That has nothing to do with the work and talent of the people involved. Talk about amazing, smart, and creative. Four […]

File Under: The Future of Publishing