The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



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…

November 22nd, 2009

50 Things to Do with a Book, Now That Reading is Dead

I was just alerted via a link on Books & Publishing to an excerpt in Vanity Fair of the wonderful illustrator Bruce McCall’s new book called, straight-from-the-headlines, “50 Things to Do with a Book (Now That Reading is Dead).” Dedicated to Johannes Gutenberg, the “Browse Inside” feature on the HarperCollins web site offers the introduction…

November 20th, 2009

What it Will Mean When the eBook Comes First

I remember well, back in my days as Program Director at Seybold Seminars, where we all thought: OK, there’s print, and then there’s the web. So print will be repurposed to the web. Of course that was our print-centric viewpoint. It was shared by many. But these days web campaigns are usually planned before print campaigns,…