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September 28th, 2015

The Writers in the Silos, by Heidi Julavits

In 2008, Heidi Julavits published a marvelous short piece, The Writers in the Silos, a satirical glance at where writing and publishing is headed in “our current conglomerating, lowest­-common-denominator, demographically target­ed publishing industry.” I fell in love with it and bought the rights to reproduce the article on The Future of Publishing. As it’s buried somewhere at…

March 15th, 2015

Is Publishing a Complex Industry?

I’m thinking about complex industries. I’m thinking of… Pharmaceuticals (you might check out 23andMe, “a personalized DNA service”) The design and launch of high-tech products (the intriguing Apple Watch) Aerospace (think Airbus A350 XWB) Launching a new car company (think Tesla) Telecommunications (“rewiring” the Internet to reconfigure performance)

March 12th, 2014

How Amazon Destroyed the Publishing Ecosystem

Everyone takes a shot at Amazon, and it’s not difficult to see why. Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos is blamed for just about every corporate crime imaginable, from pricing that destroys competition to suffocating warehouse employees on hot summer days (apparently no longer a problem). My criticism of Amazon is about an issue perhaps more subtle, but,…