Barnes & Noble Divides $300 Million in Half

December 8, 2014

The December 4th announcement of Microsoft’s retreat from Barnes & Noble is well documented. Barnes & Noble demonstrated how to turn $300 million into $125 million (OK, less than half). The company’s shares had a brief dip but then recovered.


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Reading the 2012 Bestseller Lists

April 3, 2013

The era of the wide-open and transparent web met its match when the largest etailer in the land,, decided that honesty is not necessarily the best policy. It’s not that Amazon lies. It’s just that it grossly generalizes, sometimes misleadingly so. Last month when Bowker offered a detailed chart revealing that 43.8% of trade book sales are now consummated online, the industry was reminded of Amazon’s infuriating reluctance to provide hard numbers of its own. (more…)

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SEO and Metadata

July 11, 2012

I understand why people would believe that SEO and metadata are joined at the hip. Metadata is all about making it easy to find (or “discover”) a book. SEO – search engine optimization – is the science of making a web page more findable with a search engine. Good metadata, it’s argued, should be designed with SEO in mind. (more…)

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Diplomacy in Action: State Department Sides with Amazon

June 15, 2012

I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried: (more…)

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Seth Godin on the Road to Damascus

December 4, 2011

His fascinating and important Domino Project concluded, Seth Godin is still pondering writing and reading and all things in between. Godin’s latest post, Selling vs. Reading, includes the usual ramblings, some meaningless, a few trenchant, and one entirely ingenuous. (more…)

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