Wednesday, December 8, 2010

And the rest is silence

The time has come the walrus said... this is officially my last post on this blog.

So where have I been the last year and why am I calling it quits now? Simply, I'm extremely busy. I have a growing business and a growing family, and as a result I just don't seem to have the time anymore to keep this blog updated. Too, because my blogging colleagues (listed to the left) do an absolutely wonderful job providing tips and information on the publishing business, I've felt that readers of this blog are in good hands.

Of course, you likely inferred my departure from blogging from my lack of posts over the past year, but this makes it official. I'll continue to keep the site up so you can look through the archives, and you can always email me with questions and I'll try to respond if I have the time. I also plan to write about publishing for various print and online publications from time to time, and I may even open a Twitter account if I get around to it.

My thanks to all of you who have read and commented herein, and I wish you all the best of success in your publishing endeavors.

A few parting quotes:

How do I feel about books?
"So many books, so little time." - Frank Zappa.

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx.

How do I feel about printed books?
"No furniture is as charming as books." - Sydney Smith.

How do I feel about the future of publishing?
"There's a hunger for stories in all of us, adults too. We need stories so much that we're even willing to read bad books to get them, if the good books won't supply them." - Phillip Pullman.

"Books are humanity in print." - Barbara Tuchman.

"We live for books." - Umberto Eco.

Why do I read?
"Medicine for the soul." - Inscription over the door of the Library of Thebes.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Do Free Online Sample Chapters Sell Books?

Over the past few years there's been quite a debate about whether providing free sample content online spurs overall book sales. According to new data from LibreDigital, the answer is yes.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Drooling over Whedon

Wow, thanks to my brother for pointing me to these rankings of the best ever shows from the Whedonverse!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Google Settlement Fairness Hearing Adjourned

The Authors Guild has just announced that Judge Denny Chin has granted the parties' motion to adjourn the Google settlement fairness hearing until October 7th in order to give time for the settlement to be amended to address the Department of Justice's concerns.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Apple, email, and ebooks

Apple conducted their usual press event to unveil new products, but unfortunately the Tablet was nowhere to be seen.

In-Stat conducted an ebook reader survey, with the most desired feature request by current ebook owners being email capability. Agreed! (via Shelf Awareness and Teleread)

Finally, I want to belatedly call attention to another thoughtful post on The Shatzkin Files, this time discussing the controversy around ebook pricing.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Amazon and The Authors Guild

As you may be aware, Amazon filed a brief objecting to the proposed Google Book Settlement. Here's the response from The Authors Guild.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Really? A Publishing Comedy?

It seems the publishing world isn't as boring as it sounds. CBS has just bought a scripted comedy about a book editor and her friends. I'll check it out.