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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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And For Our Next Trick - Introducing Wrox’s ASP3Wiki
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2007 | No Comment

Recently we launched Wrox Blox, our bite-sized e-content products for programmers.  Today we continue with new e-content initiatives and have announced our partnership with Near-Time to produce a new line of wiki-based products.
The first of …

Wiley Ranked in Top 20 Best Publishers
Tuesday, Oct 9, 2007 | No Comment
Wiley Ranked in Top 20 Best Publishers

The October 2007 issue of Book Business Magazine features a cover story on the best publishing houses as ranked by their employees. While Random House takes the top honors, my publisher John Wiley & …

The Changing Publishing Landscape - Introducing Wrox Blox
Monday, Oct 8, 2007 | 4 Comments
The Changing Publishing Landscape - Introducing Wrox Blox

I often write about the changes in publishing caused by disruptive technologies and the need for publishers to make their own changes in order to stay relevant. Today we have launched Wrox Blox, a …

DIY Marketing For Authors
Friday, Oct 5, 2007 | 3 Comments

This past week I connected via Twitter with publishing and social media consultants Jon Reed and Suzanne Ashley. Their Publishing Talk blog is right up my alley and I recommend it for anyone …

My Twitter Alter Ego, and the Question of Brand in Social Applications
Monday, Sep 24, 2007 | 6 Comments

I have been doing some experimenting with social applications as it pertains to publishing. I tend to think of this blog as part of a “personal brand” if you will - it’s about me …

Facebook for Content Providers: A Look at the New York Times Application
Wednesday, Sep 12, 2007 | No Comment
Facebook for Content Providers: A Look at the New York Times Application

The New York Times dips its toe into the Facebook waters today with the release of its New York Times News Quiz application.”Sigh, another Facebook application.” you say? Perhaps, but this one is particularly …

John Wiley & Sons 10-Q Released
Monday, Sep 10, 2007 | No Comment

My publisher, John Wiley & Sons, released its 10-Q today.
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal year 2008 of $388.6 million increased 48% from $263.4 million in the prior year’s first quarter, or 46% …

Tasty Book Covers
Tuesday, Aug 7, 2007 | 4 Comments

We spend a lot of time thinking and talking about book covers.  While you can’t judge a book by its cover, it certainly is part of the buying process.  This is especially important in trade …

Life After Harry Potter
Thursday, Jul 19, 2007 | One Comment

The Guardian’s Nicholas Clee wonders about the future of the publishing industry after our friend Harry hangs up his robes for good.
Even Bloomsbury has Harry headaches. The huge profits that the novels generate lead the …

New Harry Potter book secretly printed in my backyard
Wednesday, Jul 11, 2007 | No Comment

July 21 is right around the corner, and millions of fans are anxiously awaiting the last entry in the Harry Potter series. Many of those books will have been printed in Crawfordsville, IN, a …