The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



November 16th, 2009

A Snippet of Data on U.S. Bookstore Sales

From today’s Publishers Weekly: “Bookstore sales jumped 7.0% in September, to $1.58 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday morning. The increase was most likely due to gains at college stores and the release of The Lost Symbol in the middle of the month. Despite the September increase, and an upward revision in the August numbers, bookstore…

November 13th, 2009

Your Quote of the Day

This gem from this week’s The Economist: “In the eyes of media executives, the internet is a malevolent vacuum-cleaner, sucking in one business after another.”

November 12th, 2009

A Look at (Un)Employment in the Publishing Industries

Dr. Joe Webb is one of the long-time leading economists focused on the printing industry. In his column today on WhatTheyThink? (membership may be required) he looks at the employment drop in the printing industry, but offers a charts the reveals comparisons to other publishing sectors. Only newspapers and direct mail advertising are dropping staff faster…

November 11th, 2009 Relaunches

Since its launch in 1995 I’ve been a fan of, even though it was still in the early days of the Web. Salon’s history has been oft-recorded. One account, from the improbable (which is selling an early share certifiate as memorabilia for $70 bucks) notes that “journalism veterans David Talbot, Andrew Ross, and David…