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It Takes a Village

January 18, 2015


One favorite grouse of conservatives is how liberal activist judges have overstepped their bounds and have legislated on their own. Now that the numbers of conservative judges outweigh liberals (especially on the Supreme Court), it is interesting how much of a liking these conservative judges have taken to becoming activist judges and legislating in their […]

The Old Crystal Ball

January 17, 2015


Recently I was asked where I think publishing will be 5 or 10 years down the road. My knee-jerk reaction was not to take the bite. Prognostication is a snake pit. I often have my students read articles about predicting what will happen in publishing. When we talk about them in class, the laughter takes […]

Particle or Wave?

April 19, 2012


Books are essentially artifacts and commodities, depending on how you view them. Problems arise when they are seen strictly through one lens.

The New Face of Demagogy

February 11, 2012


I guess it's OK for corporations to spend tons of money lobbying, but not OK for hundreds of thousands (and more) citizens to express their opinions.

Agent 86 to the Rescue?

January 22, 2012


One thing that sticks in the craw of major publishers is retailers selling their books below list price. (They also hate used book sales, too, and the textbook industry has found a neat way around that, too.) Amazon has been a major transgressor. Nothing is so galling to the big publishers as Amazon slashing prices and creating loss leaders to increase traffic and sales.

Walking the Plank

January 15, 2012


SOPA and Protect IP are supposed to protect the world from a glut of illegally copied work. But who is this legislation really going to protect? Who needs due process anyhow? Why the scurvy mindset where everyone's an eye-patch-wearing pirate? Avast, ye mateys.


February 13, 2011


I dreamed I was selling books like they were hotcakes.