Kickstarter Looks at the Future of Publishing

May 15, 2019

Everybody knows Kickstarter. Not everyone knows that Kickstarter is a major player in publishing, both for book-like objects and for journalism(more…)

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The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part III: Books

April 2, 2019

In this third post of a three-part series, I’ll focus directly on the book publishing industry and how the next recession could be felt. I hope that an analysis of the impact of past recessions might arm us for the next. (more…)

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The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part I

December 16, 2018

The upside of predicting a downturn in the economy is that eventually you’ll be right. The downside is that while the party’s still in full swing you’re just the grouchy guy in the corner, scowling at the other guests.

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Poetry Reading, they say, Is Up

June 9, 2018

In the Cathedral

Not quite invisible, the slow-time-gathering dust
falls upon the choir,
where stalls sing silently during the sermon.
It tells of a Saviour
who came to save this world
so to leave it sublime.
What happened?
Did He change His mind?

—David Beard, 1987

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Book Prices and the Minimum Wage

May 30, 2018

Only a wealthy man could lament, as Len Riggio did yesterday that “the average paperback costs two and a half times the minimum wage. When I started,” he said “it was one half the minimum wage.” Speaking at the opening of Book Expo in New York Riggio said that the high prices of books is impeding a new generation of readers. (more…)

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