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Categories: Technology | Comments Off on 3 Major Changes in the Publishing Industry

At today’s Publishing Point Meetup, David Young (CEO, Hachette Book Group) spoke about the major changes in the publishing industry. Here are some highlights. 1. Changes in Bookselling “Last year 50% of our revenue came from companies not directly invested in our business (e.g., Walmart, Costco, etc.)” – this is a big change from the […]

Categories: Innovation | Comments Off on How Innovation Happens

At the Women on Wall Street conference last night, Steven Berlin Johnson gave a keynote on how innovation happens. He has studied the history of breakthrough innovations and found a pattern: They are created not by “Eureka!” moments, but slow hunches that incubate, sometimes for decades, with diverse people collaborating to make unintended consequences. Here […]

Categories: Business | 5 Comments

If content is king, context is God, said Gary Vaynerchuk yesterday at a talk on social media. If you have never seen him, make sure you do – in person or on video. I first saw him at Social Media Week last year and caught him at NYXPO yesterday. He grew his family’s wine business […]

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Dennis Crowley spoke at NYU Stern School of Business today about how he went from being laid off in 2001 to CEO of Foursquare. About 400 people were gathered outside the auditorium, because the session before Crowley’s was running late. The crowd was getting very loud. There were business school students and NYU alums, and […]

Categories: Business | Comments Off on Faith in the Future of Publishing – Tim O’Reilly

Thanks to The Publishing Point meetup the other day for hosting the fascinating Tim O’Reilly (founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media and the Tools of Change Conference). I live tweeted the event, but wanted to share my snippets with you. Advice for the Industry: “The faith that I have in the future of publishing: You […]

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Fred Brooks, computer industry rockstar, regaled 200 geek disciples at Etsy last night with stories about why team design doesn’t work. Brooks wrote a classic book called The Mythical Man-Month about how putting more engineers on a project slows it down paradoxically. In his new book, The Design of Design: Essays from a Computer Scientist, […]

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Semantico does a good job of laying out pros and cons for publishers for creating apps. vs. mobile websites at http://tinyurl.com/y4g5u2t. The author, Richard Padley, Managing Director, says “Inevitably the best choice in any given situation will depend on the content, the market, the level of investment needed and the risk publishers are willing to […]

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At the Facebook Developer’s conference on 4/21, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook will connect with other sites to share and store user interaction with the web. For what it means and how to use it, see the Definitive Guide For Publishers, Users and Competitors at ReadWriteWeb. There was a public outcry from some on […]

Categories: Business | Comments Off on Call for E-book Standards

In post calling for e-book standards, the author tries the same e-book on 3 different devices, gets different results. Favorite line: “I know very little about computer programming ….But I know a fair amount about being a customer, and I know it shouldn’t be this hard.” Excerpts below. I want to know: Why can’t we […]

Categories: Business | Comments Off on What’s the Value of Social Media?

MediaBistro comments on a report that Nikkei, a Japanese newspaper, has limited linking. “In order to link to the paper’s site, readers are required to first fill out a rather detailed written application, explicitly stating their extended purpose for linking to the Web site’s home page…The paper said they’re worried that certain other sites might […]