Publishing Industry


Big Players

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2004, at 12:29 PM in News & Opinion

Interesting things from two companies changing the book business. Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott was interviewed in WSJ's Boss Talk yesterday [sub. needed].


The Right Ingredients

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 5, 2004, at 12:57 PM in News & Opinion

In honor of Guy Kawasaki's Art of the Start, Sam Decker has written a post called 10 Ingredients to Successful Books. You also get Sam's Amazon. com review of the book.


New York Publishers Part 1

By Jack, published September 2, 2004, at 3:23 PM in News & Opinion

Hi Folks, I made it back. Looks like I got out just in time. To decompress from a NYC visit always takes almost as much time as it took during the visit.


Amazon Removes Review

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 26, 2004, at 8:17 PM in News & Opinion

J. D. Lasica wrote a review of Dan Gillmor's We the Media for Mindjack.


Or Why So Many Business Books Are Awful

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 23, 2004, at 7:17 PM in News & Opinion

Kevin Dugan from Strategic Public Relations sent me a link to The Economist's article "How 51 Gorillas Can Make You Seriously Rich (or Or Why So Many Business Books Are Awful)". The article takes on just about everyone in biz book publishing. The jabs range from "Many [books] appear to be little more than expanded PowerPoint presentations.


I Smell a Rat

By 800-CEO-READ, published August 10, 2004, at 9:15 PM in News & Opinion

Jack found this review from the Telegraph (UK) about a book called The Way of the Rat: A Survival Guide to Office Politics by Joep P M Schrijvers. This is book from Cyan Books. Last week, Evelyn wrote a post referencing My Sister is a Barista by John Simmons.


I wasn't aware of this,

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 28, 2004, at 8:44 PM in News & Opinion

I wasn't aware of this, but Amazon quietly started a program earlier this month encouraging reviewers to reveal their identities. It is called Real Names and the WSJ had an article today [sub. needed] about it.


The Business of Business Books II

By 800-CEO-READ, published July 13, 2004, at 2:32 PM in News & Opinion

Today we talk with Paul B. Brown, book reviewer for the Sunday New York Times business section and author of Publishing Confidential: The Insiders Guide to What it Really Takes to Land a Nonfiction Book Deal (Amacom). Q) I consider Publishing Confidential to be a terrific booksmart, well-written, and extremely well-realized in terms of design and tone.


Expanding the Portfolio

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 30, 2004, at 1:39 PM in News & Opinion

I keep mentioning how Portfolio is the hot imprint. Here is another sign. Geoffery Moore (Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado) will be doing his next book with Adrian Zackheim and Portfolio.


E-Books Sold

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 25, 2004, at 4:17 PM in News & Opinion

The Open eBook Forum publishes a list of the bestselling ebooks each month. The data is complied from a group of retailers specializing in the trade. The only business book on the May list was MBA in A Box by Joel Kurtzman.


Ben Franklin Awards

By 800-CEO-READ, published June 23, 2004, at 5:33 PM in News & Opinion

Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Award recognizes excellence in independent publishing. This year's winner in the business category was Magnetic Service: Secrets of Creating Passionately Devoted Customers by Chip and Bilijack Bell, published by Berrett-Koehler. There were two other finalists The first was Sun-Tzu's Art of War Plus The Art of Marketing by Sun-Tzu and Gary Gagliardi, published by Clearbridge Publishing.


BookExpo 2004--The Professional View

By Jack, published June 18, 2004, at 3:52 PM in News & Opinion

Hi everybody, I am back. This has been the couple weeks from Hell. BookExpo followed by the death of my friend and boss resulted in an incredibly messed up desk.