Publishing Business

E is for eBooks

For decades, the music industry believed that what they sold were albums (on vinyl and then on CD). When mp3s became a standard electronic file format for audio files, the music studios had no idea what to do. The idea that they were selling music …

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The Disruptive “D”

Publishing is undergoing disruption. Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen introduced the world to his analysis of technological changes in his seminal “The Innovator’s Dilemma,” where be coined the word (and idea) of “disruption.” Long standing firms (incumbents) suddenly lose the power and dominance to …

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Photo of Tattered Cover bookstore

B is for Bookstores

We love bookstores. The smell. The richness. We browse through, hoping for discovery, open to serendipity. What other kind of store carries so much in thought, in ideas, in story? What other sells worlds, adventures and dreams?   [Photo: The Tattered Cover bookstore, one of the …

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Experts on Publishing

I saw this article, Self-Publishing and Community Experts: Are We Getting The Balance Right?, and was entertained by the author’s skewering of some self-publishing “expert” stereotypes. It’s all in harmless fun, right? Towards the close, though, he says: Few serious writers who self-publish their books spend any …

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"The Report—Author Earnings": hard numbers, without the hyperbole

Something amazing hit the internet today: The Report – Author Earnings, a new data-crunching analysis provided by Hugh Howey and an unnamed database engineer. We’ve already seen a lot of anecdotal information about how much authors are making these days. Here’s something much more methodical. This …

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Infographic on Successful Books

What genre? How long? Who’s reading? Very interesting infographic! by NowSourcing. Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.  

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