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A new service at Delivereads that sends you about five articles every week to your Kindle.  They used to call these magazines. Publishers and magazine editors need to realize that they are partially in the aggregation business. There is an opportunity here to create platforms that pull together these entities’ …

1984

How did publishing look in 1984?  Some highlights from Peter Osnos’ piece in The Atlantic: 1. Macy’s used to be a major bookseller. 2. Big-name authors had bank accounts run for them by publishers. 3. Publishers’ offices didn’t have computers. 4. Sadly, the political memoir was just taking off (remember …

The Future of the Press

One of the things I like about the book as an object of study is that it spans different media, from manuscript to print to e-book. The book is a larger category than, say, print by itself. On the other hand, one of the unique outcomes of print was the …

The $23 million book

A great piece by Michael Eisen at his genomics blog on a science textbook whose price on Amazon marketplace ran up to $23,698,655.93 (plus $3.99 shipping). How did this happen? The story is actually straightforward and has to do with algorithmic pricing employed by used booksellers. One company, profnath, had …

Mainstream

I have written before about how the book remains the medial (and commercial) endpoint of the digital writing stream. The book deal is still the best way to monetize one’s digital musings. With the rise of self-publishing success stories, however, this tale is slightly more complicated. “The book” in this …

Who needs publishers?

A fascinating story about the changing fates of indie writers who sell books through alternative outlets other than trade publishers. The most famous example today is Amanda Hocking who has sold 185,000 copies of her latest novel. She’s 26 and has never had a contract with a press. She sells …