The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy

How Many Kindles Does It Take to Top Amazon Sales?

November 30th, 2009

How Many Kindles Does It Take to Top Amazon Sales?

I never quote verbatim from an entire blog post, but how could I do this one from the WSJ blogs any better? By Andrew LaVallee said Monday that the Kindle is having its best month ever. As always, however, it didn’t say how many sales that amounts to. The online retailer said in a…

November 29th, 2009

Book Publishing and DRM

Mike Shatzkin once again nails a tough topic with his blog posting, “Some thoughts about piracy.” DRM remains a tough subject for all, be they music, film, periodical or book publishers. Of course each face the challenge in somewhat different ways, both by dint of economics and because of practical realities. As Mike points out,…

November 25th, 2009

Magazine Closures: Trying to Understand the Numbers

As reported in MediaDailyNews, according to figures released by, part of Oxbridge Communications (the “publication of record” on all data related to North American magazine publishing companies and their titles), 383 magazines closed in the first nine months of 2009, compared with 259 new titles launching (emphasis mine).  However “the number of closures in…