Tag Archives: book-publishing

The E-Book Tug-of-War Between Publishers an Libraries

Why can’t publishers and libraries get along? It used to be that libraries were a huge market for traditional publishers, but with the growth of e-books, and publishers’ concerns about digital piracy and loss of sales, all of a sudden libraries became possible opponents in a tug-of-war about e-book distribution. Every time I see an […]

Publishing: The Great Equalizer

At a recent Book Expo in New York City, where publishers, authors, journalists, booksellers and others meet to network and to drum up interest in new titles (and books in general), one thing was obvious: this was the rare place in these United States where the political parties met without rancor. To anyone who’s followed […]

Concentrating Where You Can

Write where you can. When you can. However you can. I admire folks who can continue to concentrate whatever the situation. In my many years as a journalist for a big newspaper I needed to be able to concentrate amid the noise of a newsroom (that noise is lessened now that most people arrange appoints […]

The Digital Tipping Point

We’re at a tipping point in the distribution of entertainment. Soon, almost everything will come to us when we want it, in digital form. Following electronic readers from Sony, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon, we’re likely to have a new tablet-style computer from Apple by the end of the first quarter of next year that […]

Simple Publishing Secrets

I started to explain all the complicated reasons why I pull back a little every time I go to the Poetry Slam. “I don’t just want to compete for the score. I want to say something meaningful, to be more about community than about trying to win. The scores are so unpredictable, and I never […]

“Eets Going to Be Au-K”

Rain crashes and slides down the windows. We rock gently in the belly of the mini Air Canada jet as the wind thrashes everything on the runway outside. The guy in front of me curses, worrying that he won’t get to Toronto in time to pick up his rental car. I exchange jokes and smiles […]

More Profitable Online Publishing

Publishing’s strength has shifted from the media elite to the masses. It began in the late ’90s with sites like GeoCities. In 2005, we witnessed the explosive emergence of the blogosphere. And in 2006, video and social websites drew the attention. Today, anyone with a browser and a digital camera can be a publisher. This […]

Putting Your Shoulder to the Wheel

Numerous book and publishing-related articles are sent to my Twitter account each day. Here are some of the headlines as I toggled through the first couple of pages late one night: iPods and iPhones: death for the book trade Harry W. Schwartz Bookshops to close Books: Will big names lure readers? Barnes & Noble Announces Elimination […]

Self-Publishing Bestsellers: A Flicker of Fame

If a self-published book lands in a forest, does anyone hear it? Well, what I’m really saying is if you self-publish, will anyone read you? Its never easy to find an audience, especially nowadays, but readers will discover you if you’ve lead them to your work, through your site and your efforts and attracting an […]

What Are You Offering?

Businesses don’t fail due to reaching the wrong people. Businesses fail when they say the wrong things. And they say the wrong things when they believe what the public tells them. Conduct a survey. Ask the public to describe in detail the kind of place they’d like to shop. Then build that place, exactly as […]