The Impact of Recessions on Publishing Industries, Part II: Movies, Music and Videogames

January 28, 2019

There’s a challenge in assessing the impact of economic events on the publishing and entertainment industries over the last several decades. On the one hand these are largely hits-driven businesses. For the movie industry, a new superheroes franchise winner can counteract a downward trend in overall admissions (and popcorn) spending. (more…)

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Where the Music Industry Meets the Book Industry

September 18, 2014

I last covered the topic “What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?” in a November, 2011 blog post. Today, in response to a fascinating blog entry on Brian O’Leary’s site I found myself revisiting the issue, leading to a comment I posted there.

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Money Makes Metadata Sexy

May 9, 2013

On day two of the Music Industry Metadata & Information Summit held in Los Angeles this week (run by NARM and DigitalMusic.orgRob Weitzner laid it on the line in evoking the ever-elusive appeal of metadata. “Metadata is sexy,” he said. “because if you get paid, that’s sexy.” (more…)

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Music Industry Metadata & Information Summit

May 6, 2013

The conference brochure copy captured the event very well:

A never-before seen collection of high-level working sessions and talks about very practical issues, this 
two-day summit is designed to both inform newcomers about the importance of managing information 
through metadata — the “plumbing” that ensures digital tracks are labeled correctly in online music 
stores — and provide a forum for music industry executives and associated technologists to discuss and hash out solutions to key issues in the information systems of the future of the music business. (more…)

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In an age of ebooks, do we need the bookstore?

November 21, 2011

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As book sales plummet and famed shops close, brave entrepreneurs are trying to reinvent the model. Is it too late? (more…)

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