Category Archives: Paradigm Shift

Apple, publishers agree to settle EU e-book price-fixing inquiry

Apple, publishers agree to settle EU e-book price-fixing inquiry. Advertisements

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The Amazon Effect | The Nation

Great article on Amazon & Publishing. Steve Wasserman May 29, 2012   |    This article appeared in the June 18, 2012 edition of The Nation. The Amazon Effect | The Nation.

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Startling innovations in democratic publishing.

A few months ago in the post, Kindle: The New Slush Pile, I talked about how publishers were offering old school deals to authors who had achieved significant sales on their own with the e-books format. Now, rather than wading … Continue reading

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BOOK WARS: A New Hope

I moved into my new place in Washington Heights a few years back. The building on the next block, facing Broadway, is one of those massive, featureless apartment buildings with permanent scaffolding all around and a heavy rotation of store fronts. On the corner there … Continue reading

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Kindle: The New Slush Pile

It used to be that if you couldn’t get your novel published it was because you probably couldn’t write very well. Discerning editors at the big publishing houses stood between you and the reading public, wading through and rejecting the trite, the clunky and the … Continue reading

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Vinyl is Back! No, Really.

    A few years ago now, just after i-pods became ubiquitous and just before all the CD stores closed, the music press, various blogs, industry mags and audiophile publications were trumpeting the return of Vinyl LPs. Records are back! In a big way! They were quick … Continue reading

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Stockholm Syndrome or the Feel of the Real

Riding the A Train in the morning I look around (as many booksellers do) and try to gauge the ratio of e-readers to print books. Most mornings it’s about 50/50, some mornings it seems to be mostly books and on the mornings when despair sets in … Continue reading

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Kind of a Niche Market/Luxury Thing?

OK, imagine it’s 1934 and you need a pen. What kind of pen are you going to get? You’re going to get a fountain pen. It’s 1934 remember, there are no ball points, no rollerballs, no Sharpies for writing, it’s … Continue reading

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Too relaxed to read?

One of the most profoundly disturbing moments of my childhood happened when I watched the 1960 George Pal film version of H.G. Well’s, The Time Machine. In the movie our hero, Rod Taylor is demonstrating real anger and frustration towards the Eloi, a species … Continue reading

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