Publishing Industry


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].


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.