Twitter Users Missing the Point with Automated Follow Responses
Monday, 11/17/08 | 19 Comments

Like many of you, I use Twitter. (@chriswebb) I use it for a variety of reasons, both personal and professional but have always thought of it as a very ‘personal’ tool. By that I mean …

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No Starch Tries No Cost with Free Apple e-books via Bittorrent
Friday, Mar 21, 2008 | 2 Comments
No Starch Tries No Cost with Free Apple e-books via Bittorrent

Many publishers are struggling with the idea of free content, and how it fits into their traditional business strategy. Square peg, round hole - the model needs to change, but that’s another post. …

Shared Reading for 01/12/08
Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 | One Comment

Apple to buy up Adobe and lord it over e-bookdom? Microsoft to devour Yahoo?
(tags: apple adobe microsoft yahoo ebooks)

Making Customers Happy

Social Networking vs. Professional Networking
(tags: social networking)

Connect: A Guide to a New Way of …

Consuming Content: Are you a Grazer or a Super-User?
Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 | No Comment
Consuming Content: Are you a Grazer or a Super-User?

Dan Blank observes that as we think about the ways in which publishing is changing, one of the factors we must consider is the speed at which content is being generated.
As we think about how …

Publishing Contracts - Understanding Reserve for Returns
Monday, Jan 7, 2008 | 2 Comments

I had a conversation with an author recently about the Reserve line on his royalty statement, and thought other authors might benefit from a quick primer.
Books sold to most resellers - stores like Barnes and …

My Corporate New Year Resolutions - 2008
Friday, Jan 4, 2008 | One Comment

The new year is always a time for resolutions - loose weight, exercise more.  I make those too, but this year I thought I would make a separate set of resolutions for my business life.  …

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
Saturday, Dec 22, 2007 | One Comment

We take pleasure in answering thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification that its faithful author is numbered among the friends of The Sun:
Dear Editor—
I am 8 years old. …

WordPress Update Leads to Template Trouble
Wednesday, Nov 14, 2007 | One Comment

I recently updated this site to WordPress 2.3.1 and it seems my template doesn’t completely like the new version. This site looks pretty bad under IE 6, but I’m working to get it corrected this …

The Radiohead Model for Book Publishers
Thursday, Nov 8, 2007 | One Comment
The Radiohead Model for Book Publishers

Radiohead’s “pay what you think we deserve” experiment has been the topic of much discussion lately.  Of course, as a content publisher I am interested in how such a model might look for my industry …

The Death of Computer Books
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2007 | 2 Comments
The Death of Computer Books

I received my copy of Dr. Dobbs Journal yesterday. It’s one of the few tech magazines I actually still get in the old fashioned paper version. This month’s cover story is Computer Books: …

Welcome Zachary Webb!
Sunday, Oct 14, 2007 | 7 Comments

Zachary Willard Webb  (Zach)
10/14/07 8:41am
6 lbs 11.5 oz
19.5 inches long
Everyone is doing well. More soon.