Publishing Industry


New Service

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 2, 2005, at 4:03 PM in News & Opinion

Our friends at Amazon. com are offering a new shipping service called Amazon. com Prime.


People Still Like to Read

By 800-CEO-READ, published February 1, 2005, at 8:52 PM in News & Opinion

I missed this Harris Poll when it originally came out in December, but it says people lots of people still like reading as a pastime. As a matter of fact, 35% of those polled list reading as their favorite leisure activity. What surprised me is that reading is up 7% over 2003 and it is the first increase in the activity in five years.


More Transparency Needed in Book Reviews

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 15, 2005, at 2:30 AM in News & Opinion

"The case against anonymity is a relatively simple one. There are many occasions on which a reader is entitled to ask on what authority a judgment or opinion is being advanced. There are even occasions when the whole import of a review depends on knowing the identity of the reviewer.


What To Watch For in a Publishing Contract

By 800-CEO-READ, published January 13, 2005, at 9:02 PM in News & Opinion

For those authors and soon-to-be authors in our audience, I wanted to point you to a post I pulled out of Robert Scoble's Linkblog. Dave Taylor of Ask Dave Taylor! goes through a publishing contract for a friend of his and comments on various clauses.


More books to Google

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 14, 2004, at 7:53 PM in News & Opinion

Google announced today that they are working to expanded the number of books that can be searched on their site. They have agreements with University of Michigan, Stanford University, Harvard University, and Oxford University to put some or all of their library collections online. The full text of books no longer under copyright will be available.


Fast Company Book Mentions - Dec. 2004

By 800-CEO-READ, published December 9, 2004, at 1:04 PM in News & Opinion

I expanded my ongoing column on the business books mentioned in Fast Company to include all books. You'll see why. In the Fast Talk section, they talk with Asya Muchnick, editor of Little, Brown.


Mathematical Model to Explain Book Popularity?

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 29, 2004, at 7:23 PM in News & Opinion

J. D. Lasica pointed a Mercury News article out in the comments.


Book News

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 24, 2004, at 11:47 PM in News & Opinion

There were a couple interesting things I ran across about the book world over this week: "Book publising has become a lotto game. Chances of a huge success are minuscule in the ballooning pool of titles- Cambridge Information Group Inc. 's R.


Publishing Industry Stories

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 9, 2004, at 3:54 PM in News & Opinion

There have been some interesting stories published in the last week about different aspects of the publishing industry. In its Nov. 15 issue, Forbes ran an article on the prolific romance novelist Nora Roberts.


Platinum Titles

By 800-CEO-READ, published November 3, 2004, at 5:44 PM in News & Opinion

I ran out of time yesterday to get this posted. The Wall Street Journal ran an article on Tuesday titled "To Publishers, Megahits Mean Very Big Numbers" [sub. needed].


Worth* Reads

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 26, 2004, at 6:18 PM in News & Opinion

The coroners at Brand Autopsy have posted their 3rd edition of the Worthy and Worthless Reads.


Perseus Books and the WSJ

By Jack, published October 25, 2004, at 4:57 PM in News & Opinion

In todays WSJ they have a special section on Leadership. In that section they have an overview of one of the newer publishers that started as an acquirer. They put together a nice stable of mid level publishers.