We’ve inherited a sewing machine from 1935. It’s one of those that was built into a table. It’s kind of Rube-Goldbergy, but I oiled it (a bit too much, actually) and got it running. Now I just have to work out the bobbin problem (doesn’t seem to fit on the bobbin spindle) and then I… Continue reading Live from 1935
For as long as it lasts, our #ISBNhour discussion today.
I keep citing this massive growth that Books in Print has experienced over the last 14 years. As insane as that is, it’s worth noting also that there are many, many books which never get listed in Books in Print – Kindle originals, for example, or self-published books. Or documentation that’s written for a specific… Continue reading A matter of scale
Farhad Manjoo reports that Amazon is preparing to offer same-day delivery. Manjoo’s great about the implications of this service. I’m just thinking about how I shop now as opposed to how my parents used to. I subscribe to Amazon Prime. So of course all the delights of free shipping, and almost-always next-day delivery have been… Continue reading Um. Whoa. Damn.
In talking about the Penguin acquisition of Author Solutions, some questions came up on Twitter that were very thought-provoking. Essentially, @eoinpurcell stated: The problem isn’t selling authors services, the problem is not providing good enough services for the price charged. And I wrote him back: The best sales/mkting services are fairly bespoke & expensive. Are… Continue reading Service or tool?
Well, the man inside them helped. Congrats to Martin Freeman!
This morning we woke up to the news that Penguin had bought Author Solutions for $116 million. So of course Twitter and various listervs promptly erupted: WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? Some things appear fairly evident, others not so much. Penguin has Book Country. Led by Molly Barton, a rapidly-rising executive whose current title is “Global Digital… Continue reading Penguin and Author Solutions