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Pulling the Sword from the Stone: Amazon’s Kindle Books to be Available on Mobile Phones
Friday, Feb 6, 2009 | 5 Comments
Pulling the Sword from the Stone: Amazon’s Kindle Books to be Available on Mobile Phones

Did you feel that? That was a tremor in the publishing world. There have been many of them over the past several months, but yesterday’s announcement from Amazon could be especially game changing in my …

Of Wine and Bullhorns - Social Media for Authors and Publishers
Thursday, Dec 18, 2008 | 6 Comments
Of Wine and Bullhorns - Social Media for Authors and Publishers

Full credit for the idea behind both the headline and content of this post is owed to (soon to be) Wiley Author Chris Brogan. This week I attended Chris’s Social Media For Publishers webinar presented …

Barack Obama and the Permanence of Paper
Wednesday, Nov 5, 2008 | 8 Comments
Barack Obama and the Permanence of Paper

Business Week’s David Kiley says “Obama is great for newspapers” and describes his search for a newspaper this morning, only to find there were none available at the many locations he looked.
Mr. Kiley wraps his …

Straight Talk on the Price of Free Content
Friday, Jun 20, 2008 | 9 Comments
Straight Talk on the Price of Free Content

Much has been written about the power of free content.  The publishing industry is struggling with the balance between free content (or entire books for free) for advertising and promotion and lost sales.  Experiments have …

How Book Authors Can Promote Their Work with Social Media
Monday, Jun 16, 2008 | 6 Comments
How Book Authors Can Promote Their Work with Social Media

As I have written before, publishers are increasingly leveraging their authors’ own personal platform to market their books. With more than 400,000 books published each year, it is harder to make an impact without …

Social DRM: How Much is Too Much Information?
Tuesday, Apr 29, 2008 | 7 Comments
Social DRM: How Much is Too Much Information?

I have been thinking about the concept of Social DRM for e-books a bit more lately. It’s a model I believe can work, but I wonder how much is too much information to embed. …

It’s OK - We’re Good Pirates
Tuesday, Mar 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
It’s OK - We’re Good Pirates

What?
According to Karen Croxson, digital piracy may help companies. As a new-media minded person working in a traditionally old-media world I am a little conflicted here. I am coming around to Chris Anderson’s …

Twitter is a Conversation Ecosystem
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2007 | 11 Comments
Twitter is a Conversation Ecosystem

Readers of this blog know that I am part of a small group who are trying to push the edges of our company and are working on some social application experiments. Twitter is one …

The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2007 | 3 Comments
The Book Proposal: Tips for Writing a Winning Book Proposal

You will find quite a bit about writing winning book proposals on this site - but you wont find them all in one place. All the posts are tagged book-proposal, but I thought it …

Book Marketing for Authors: The Author Questionnaire
Thursday, Oct 11, 2007 | 6 Comments
Book Marketing for Authors: The Author Questionnaire

One of the global complaints I hear about the Publishing industry revolves around book marketing - or the perceived lack of it. This issue deserves a post of it’s own and this one is …