Tag Archives: e-books 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Networking Systems Really DO Make a Difference

The old saying that we “treasure what we measure”—and vice versa—turns out to be highly relevant in networking. I created a survey of 12,000 men and women for one of my most recent books. As my co-authors and I explored the extent to which survey respondents correlated success and networking, we discovered that most of […]

Uncovering the Story That Is Uniquely Yours

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.”  ~Judy Garland There is no substitute for you What is your story? What makes your business special? Is there anything unique about it, or do you look, feel and sound like your competitors? If you find it hard to answer […]

Is the Future of Publishing the App?

The e-book marches onward, the vaunted wave of the future for publishing. But is it? What about the app? Bet you didn’t see that coming…. In the swiftly evolving world of e-retailing (and e-reading), you can’t be sure. I just got back from living in France for several months, and noticed just before I left […]

Garrett Gunderson Interview – Best Seller Client

It isn’t a secret in business: growth strangles more companies than the failure to grow.  Many companies make more fatal mistakes because they weren’t prepared to deal with the growth after they hit a marketing or success tipping point. It is a sad, but a very real verity. So what can you do about it? […]