Publishing Industry


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.


Inside look at movie tie-ins

By Jack, published October 14, 2004, at 4:04 PM in News & Opinion

Thursdays 10-14-04 WSJ has an insightful look at the publishing industry and the lucrative movie tie-ins. It is in the Tracking the Numbers column and they look at Perseus Books and Friday Night Lights, one on my personal favorite sports booksin fact, it is one of my favorite non fiction books. The book reads with a clear voice.


Google Print...Again

By Jack, published October 8, 2004, at 7:48 PM in News & Opinion

The Grand Old Lady of newspapers has chimed in with their take of Google's latest innovation. The New York Times says from Frankfurt that it. .


More on Google Print

By 800-CEO-READ, published October 7, 2004, at 6:17 PM in News & Opinion

Here are two reports on Google's Google Print announcement at the Frankfurt Book Fair. I normally don't do this, but I am going to quote the entire passages. In this case, the reporters are in Frankfurt, both of these reports have slightly different takes, and I don't think you will find this anywhere else.


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].