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SEO Tips for Author Blogs
Wednesday, Jul 18, 2007 | 5 Comments

Tom Masters of the Future Perfect Publishing Blog has an interview with Wiley authors Jennifer Grappone and Gradiva Couzin who give some great SEO tips for bloggers.
Every author should be blogging, and the interview includes …

The future of the e-book might be a… book?
Thursday, Jun 21, 2007 | No Comment

Check out this amazing hybrid creation from Manolis Kelaidis that combines a traditional book over-printed with conductive ink. Manolis presented his project blueBook at the O’Reilly TOC conference this week and is receiving rave …

Simon and Schuster Leverages Social Media with BookVideos.tv
Friday, Jun 15, 2007 | No Comment

If you read my post yesterday about Brian Solis’s look at Social Media for PR and Marketing you will be interested in this announcement from Simon and Schuster. Remember item #4 in yesterday’s post …

Peter Collingridge Get Out of My Head!
Friday, Jun 1, 2007 | No Comment

This post from the Times emit blog of Peter Collingridge artfully sums up my own opinion of Publishers’ old-school usage of technology and the frustration I often feel when I want to move faster. …

Microsoft Surface: Haven’t I Seen This Before?
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 | One Comment

Some pretty cool surface computing stuff coming out of Microsoft yesterday. The challenge will not be finding a market that wants one of these - there are plenty of geeks like me who will …

Building a Twitter Custom Search Plugin for Firefox
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 | One Comment

As an editor, it is my job to find new authors and new tech topics and knowing where to look is key. As such, I am always adding to my list of places to …

Google Buying Feedburner?
Friday, May 18, 2007 | One Comment

According to Sam Sethi, Google may be purchasing Feedburner.
Well, of course they are.  In fact, I am surprised someone else hasn’t snapped them up already.  As Sam points out, many of us read blogs and …

Be Like the Internet
Thursday, May 10, 2007 | One Comment

Here is a presentation from last week’s Webvisions 2007 conference that outlines 8 steps to engaging customers in the post-Web 2.0 world.
The key, of course is engaging your customers in the network, but the challenge …

The Digg Disaster - What Did We Learn?
Thursday, May 3, 2007 | No Comment

(This post has been updated below)
I’m going to take an unpopular stance on the Digg fiasco - Digg moderators were right to take down the HD-DVD hex code. Why?

The posting of the code was …

Briefly: Google CEO Eric Schmidt in Wired
Tuesday, Apr 24, 2007 | No Comment

The current issue of Wired includes an interview with Google CEO, Eric Schmidt in which he discussed the future of the online giant.  My favorite bit from the interview:
Wired: How should we think about Google …