The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



July 3rd, 2009

Keeping Internet Access in Perspective

I think it’s important for publishers to recognize a simple fact about where the Interent and the web are today in the United States. Here’s the picture: As you can easily see, as of April of this year, just under 60% of U.S. households had broadband Internet access at home. Canada and many European countries rank higher,…

July 3rd, 2009

Failed Experiments in the Future of Publishing: An Ongoing Series

HarperCollins Publishers, one of the largest English-language publishers with sales over $1 billion, is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Last fall it launched authonomy, ostensibly a sort of social networking site, where authors could submit 10,000 words or more from an unpublished book (or self-published) and the devoted and literate members of the authonomy…

June 26th, 2009

The Future of Graphic Design

As you would perhaps imagine, it’s an enormous task to keep this site relevant and up-to-date. I made a choice years ago: in order to detail the future of publishing I would examine a very wide swathe of industries and influences. To my great surprise, Google Analytics consistently noted that my article on the future…

June 26th, 2009

An Upside from Google for Publishers?

While researching my previous blog entry, I found another very interesting piece on the U.K. Guardian’s excellent site, more specifically the OrganGrinderBlog, which focuses on digital media. A May 6th entry, covering the FIPP World Magazine Congress, reports on a presentation by Matt Brittin, Google’s UK director. Apparently Google has shared U.S. $5B with publishers…