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Go Ahead, Ask Anything: Wiley EMEA Sales Conference Day 1
Monday, Jun 30, 2008 | 3 Comments
Go Ahead, Ask Anything: Wiley EMEA Sales Conference Day 1

Learning New Things
This week, I am in Malta attending the Wiley EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Sales Conference.  What a way to start a new job!  The location is obviously fantastic and exotic, but …

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 …

Low Prices, But at the Cost of Customer Service
Tuesday, Jun 10, 2008 | 2 Comments
Low Prices, But at the Cost of Customer Service

Low prices indeed.
With the slumping economy many are shopping for the best bargains, including my family. Recently we visited a local retailer that offers “low prices, everyday” and picked up a few items at …

Print is Dead’s Jeff Gomez on Bloget’s Saving Book Publishing Post
Friday, Jun 6, 2008 | One Comment

I’ve held off on commenting on Henry Blodget’s recent post entitled How to Save the Book Publishing Industry, as much has already been written.  But I do want to point out Print is Dead’s Jeff …

My New Role at Wiley
Thursday, Jun 5, 2008 | 10 Comments
My New Role at Wiley

The official announcement has rolled across the organization, and I’ve been able to reach most of my authors, so I thought it was time to share the news here as well.
I will be taking a …

Bite-Sized Publishing from Burst Fiction
Wednesday, Apr 23, 2008 | 3 Comments
Bite-Sized Publishing from Burst Fiction

Wiley author L.M. Orchard pointed me to Burst Fiction, an online magazine that serves up bite-sized content with a slant towards sci-fi. At around 1000 characters, these one-shot stories are attracting a growing audience.
Intrigued …

Interesting Items I Read on 04/14/08
Monday, Apr 14, 2008 | One Comment

The value of a brand is in its conversations
(tags: twitter)

Atlantic Monthly Tries Digital, Print Makeover
(tags: magazine digital ebook)

The fine line between connecting with customers and Spam.
(tags: marketing communication spam)

Is Your Community For Sale
(tags: marketing twitter)

What …

DailyLit Begins Syndicating Books Pre-Release
Monday, Apr 14, 2008 | 3 Comments
DailyLit Begins Syndicating Books Pre-Release

Earlier this week DailyLit announced its first pre-publication deal for House Rules which will be published in 139 installments for $9.95. This marks the site’s first opportunity to syndicate a book before the print …

HarperCollins Profit Sharing Might Not be a Better Deal for Authors
Friday, Apr 4, 2008 | 2 Comments

Today, HarperCollins announced the formation of a new publishing group that will eliminate author advances in favor of profit sharing, and requires book store purchases to be on a non-returnable basis. The New York …

Future Roles of Book Publishers
Friday, Mar 28, 2008 | No Comment

Paul Watson has written an essay entitled The Future for Publishers in which he suggests new roles publishers will play in content promotion, distribution, and ultimately how we may be generating revenues in the future.  …