Browsing All posts tagged under »publishing«

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.

Grist for the Mill

February 26, 2012


Our fates as individuals rest in being able to make decisions that will enrich our lives (not just necessarily monetarily) but that will also sustain the advancement of human culture

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.

The Best of the Best & Don’t Copy This

December 21, 2011


It rankles me when someone touts something as the "Best." I'm also in distemper about the "all you can eat" approach towards copyright duration.