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February 20th, 2009

An Interview with the Father of Self-Publishing

Dan Poynter is without question the guru/godfather/father of self-publishing. Long before self-publishing became a cinch on the Internet, Dan was the leading practitioner and exponent of self-publishing. We’ve met a couple of times over the years, and I thought him very bright, charming and completely committed to the endeavor. Smashwords has a great interview with…

December 30th, 2008

Literacy and the Future of Publishing

If you’ve examined my short essay on the subject of literacy and the future of publishing you will find it both brief and dated (although, arguably, this subject does not evolve rapidly). I’ve been meaning for some time to recommend the TED site…what richness lies there! When it comes to the subject of literacy, Dave…

December 10th, 2008

Pulitzer Prizes to Accept More Online Work

Once again I’m including this snippet in my “Good News Report.” According to a December 8th press release from the Pulitzer Prize website, “The Pulitzer Prizes in journalism, which honor the work of American newspapers appearing in print, have been expanded to include many text-based newspapers and news organizations that publish only on the Internet,…

May 20th, 2008

Is This the Future of Publishing?

I’m thrilled to have received permission to post Heidi Julavits’ short piece of creative nonfiction, “The Writers in the Silos.” It projects the future of publishing as nothing has before. I first encountered it in the September 2007 issue of Harper’s Magazine, though it was a reprint from “Creative Nonfiction Issue #31: Imagining the Future,”…