Category Archive for "Business"

Professionalism

  Language, being so central to our humanity, does some interesting thing to people, and common greetings can frame a lot about a culture. In South Korea, the first question most people ask is “how old are you?” From a…

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The Black Swan

Slavoj Zizek, the Slovenian philosopher, once said that, “I secretly think reality exists so that we can speculate about it.” And it has a strange way of aligning itself with our expectations and assumptions—especially the unspoken ones. Because of this ideological…

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Challenges in Self-Publishing: Marketing

When was the last time you dug around the eBook listings on Amazon? If you’re a typical reader, your answer is “never.” The best data I’ve seen suggests that you go to Amazon when you know what you want. In…

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Hatchette Responds

Just a brief update on the Hatchette/Amazon dispute. Michael Pietsch, CEO of Hatchette, has released a letter in response to Amazon’s last public notice to the reading public. In it, he offers a pretty good description of a why book…

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Amazon and eBooks

Amazon is really concerned about ebook prices. And its not hard to see why. As a company, Amazon has a really tough time recording profits, despite steady growth in overall revenue. In fact, considered as part of Amazon’s sales, media…

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Barnstorming Bookstores

In my last post, I talked about the frustration that comes with virtual monopoly retailers like Amazon, and how, despite the convenience factor, there are inherent dangers to allowing any organization blanket control over an industry, especially one like Amazon…

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Amazonia

Professional publishing has been going through some interesting times lately, especially because of the changing landscape of distribution. Like the music industry before, publishing has been struggling to come to terms with the rise of simplified digital sales and downloading….

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