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Go Read This | The Guardian on Scientific Publishing & Robert MaxwellEoinp

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 15:09:16 +0000

Absolutely smashing read from a few weeks ago on Scientific Publishing, Robert Maxwell and the implications for Science itself: And no one was more transformative and ingenious than Robert Maxwell, who turned scientific journals into a spectacular money-making machine that bankrolled his rise in British society. Maxwell would go on to become an MP, a […](image)

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The Long Decline Of Irish Book Sales Continues. Some Light Ahead?Eoinp

Fri, 16 May 2014 20:07:07 +0000

From The Nielsen BookScan Newsletter May 2014: Decline in Irish Consumer Market slows, as Children’s volume sales slightly increase. The Irish Consumer Market (ICM) has seen sales to 19 April of €22.8m (down 10.8% on 2013) and 2.3m units (down 6.4%). Fiction is down 14.6% with sales of €6.2m (by volume, down 10.3% to 675k), […](image)

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How Different Are Books Digitally?Eoinp

Tue, 29 Apr 2014 20:00:51 +0000

Martyn Daniels has a good piece over on his Brave New World Blog about why books differ digitally from other forms of content. The nub of his case is (if he’ll forgive me quoting such a chunk – I’d encourage you to go read it): Whatever the route taken the stupid thing would be to […](image)

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Go Read This | Tom Weldon: ‘Some say publishing is in trouble. They are completely wrong’ | Books | The ObserverEoinp

Mon, 07 Apr 2014 08:19:46 +0000

In the piece below, Weldon is on the money and authors should keep that in mind: He thinks publishing a new book is a bit like running a startup company, or – in an analogy closer to this horse-racing enthusiast – a flutter at the track, where “relentless optimism” is blended with controlled risk-taking. via […](image)

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Go Read This | Russian state fund takes 25% stake in YotaPhone – FT.comEoinp

Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:07:26 +0000

Interesting news this. I don’t know that it will revive ereaders as a segment and I think we would be better pushing smartphone readers to simply use their current screens to read rather than making life more complicated for them, but: YotaPhone’s makers managed to fit two devices inside one surprisingly lightweight handset. This is […](image)

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Go Read This | Nate Silver Interview: The New FiveThirtyEight — Daily IntelligencerEoinp

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 21:09:22 +0000

Much of interest here. I was thinking too that, at the very least, one could replace the word journalism with the word publishing and even now still be correct: This is data journalism, capital-D. Within that, we take a foxlike approach to what data means. It’s not just numbers, but numbers are a big part of this. […](image)

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Go read This | Past, present and future | The BooksellerEoinp

Wed, 12 Mar 2014 15:41:16 +0000

Interesting piece by Stephen Page of Faber in The Bookseller: Publishers and other media companies have always been as singular as those who invest directly with talent to license properties. This is changing. Netflix’s House of Cards demonstrates that players further down the value chain are trying to expand their role to include investment in […](image)

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Why Traditional Publishers Should Surrender To Self PublishingEoinp

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 09:30:47 +0000

I had a fascinating conversation with Porter Anderson as part of The Booksellers #PorterMeets on Twitter on Monday. The topic was Hugh Howey’s AuthorEarnings project (after they released the original 7,000 report but before they released the 50,000 report) which has been raising hackles and causing ruckus in publishing the last few weeks. The conversation fired […](image)

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Go Read This | the left room» Blog Archive » some quick thoughts on that report on author earningsEoinp

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 20:15:58 +0000

Much to think abut in the aftermath of Hugh Howey’s data dump! Thos is just one of the many god posts on it: The reality is that publishing anything is a unique path. If you have a book, and you’re trying to decide whether to self- or traditionally-publish, there is only the apparition of help for […](image)

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Go Read This | Macmillan To Publish First Novel From Swoon Reads, A Crowdsourced Romance Imprint And Online Community – Press Release – Digital JournalEoinp

Sat, 15 Feb 2014 16:47:34 +0000

Publishing is a complex ecosystem (something I wrote about nearly three years ago when I wrote about The Value Web that was emerging in trade publishing), one in which there is no ONE way to publish or be published. Here’s a very nice example of that reality in play: Sandy Hall, a teen librarian from […](image)

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