The March of the Toy Soldiers

June 1, 2014

Indigo Books and Music reported its 4th quarter and annual sales last week. A few of the news stories reached for an alarmist tone. Canada’s Financial Post headlined its account with “Indigo annual revenue falls for third consecutive year.” Publishers Weekly went for the more startling “Indigo Has Big Fiscal 2014 Loss.” (more…)

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Visuals Signal the Change in Publishing

November 13, 2013

Before and After Typhoon Haiyan
Snow FallThe Wall Street Journal (fortunately not behind their anally-retentive firewall) offers a relatively simple but very powerful photographic feature looking at “Before and After Typhoon Haiyan” in the Philippines. (more…)

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Google’s New “In-Depth Articles” Feature a Boon to Book and Periodical Publishers

August 10, 2013

Google just announced that they will reward the authors of the very best in-depth articles on popular search topics by highlighting the top three in page 1 search results. Google offers a range of sample topics in its announcement: censorship, Gloria Steinem, Lego, the NSA, the United Nations, and Taylor Swift. I’d bet that the criteria is two-part: an unambiguous subject, one that’s in reasonable search demand. Think not only “the Bible” but also the “New Testament” and the “Old Testament.” Then “Genesis”, “Exodus”, “Leviticus” as well as “Matthew”, “Mark”, “Luke” and “John”. You get my drift. (more…)

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Stripping Covers off The Hunger Games

March 25, 2012

Destroying paperbacks instead of recirculating them is a curious and wasteful vestige of the days when most pocket books were sold on newsstands alongside magazines. Magazines are topical – they have little resale value. Books do. But freight and logistics costs mean that pulping paperbacks is not necessarily as wasteful as it first appears. (more…)

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How Billionaires Help Connect the Dots

I assume that on October 2, 2005 Anthony Federico really did die “peacefully at home” of a heart attack before the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) could lay charges against him. He was only 46 years old. (more…)

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