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October 23rd, 2013

Addicted to Change

Like most tech-dominated industries publishing is addicted to change. This addiction even has a scientific name: neophilia, in contrast with neophobia, a condition more traditionally associated with publishing (I chuckled when I read in the Wikipedia entry: “Neophobia is a common finding in aging animals…”).

September 2nd, 2012

Conversations on the Future of Publishing

Finn Harvor, a Canadian writer and artist living in South Korea, publishes a blog called Conversations in the Book Trade. He’s interviewed Rolf Maurer, publisher of New Star Books, noted journalist Ian Brown, Richard Nash from his Soft Skull days, provocateur Edward Champion and numerous others. Harvor asks each interviewee mostly the same questions and so I found…

November 9th, 2011

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 2

2. Technology will never be the obstacle. Wow. The new Lytro camera. It allows the user to chose after-the-fact what part of the picture they want the focus fixed on. And I was certain that image focus would always be a challenge. But one of the laws I’ve learned is that just when you think…

August 8th, 2011

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 1

I’ve tried to distill my 30 years of publishing technology into some guidelines, modestly named The Laws of the Future of Publishing. I’ve got 31 of them so far. People have asked that I fill in some detail beyond the terse statements. That’s going to keep me busy for awhile. Here’s the first.

April 23rd, 2011

David Owns 3,500 Books

I was reading the bio of the David Lavin, the president & CEO of The Lavin Agency, a speakers bureau that represents some famous names, including the 400-Hour Workweek’s Timothy Ferriss, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and “Literary Legend” Margaret Atwood. In his bio Lavin catalogs some impressive achievements. He was the youngest chess master in Canada and represented the country in two…