Archive for January 2009

Update

January 30, 2009

My new laptop came in today – it’s a Macbook and it’s beautiful…..

So the goal this weekend will be to catch up and finish some of the promised posts…

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From the other side of the bathtub – An interview with BusinessMedia.co.uk

January 30, 2009

Yesterday I did an interview for Business Media.co.uk on B2B publishing, how I got here, and where I see the industry going. Check out the post on their website: BusinessMedia.co.uk for the full interview… below is an excerpt.

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New Kindle?

January 28, 2009

According to the New York Times, the meeting that Amazon has called for Feb. 9 will revel the new Kindle (hmmm.. unless it’s about their decision to no longer carry any ebook versions except their own…). Anyway, thought I’d include a couple of links for people who’d like to read up on this. I’ll reserve writting a real post on it until after the press conference. As the NYT article mentions, Sony also has a new device out … however the link the NYT article includes doesn’t feature pictures so … here are some pics.

UPDATE: There is a great article about the new sony device on Gadget Republic . com – Check it out HERE.

Laptop update

January 28, 2009

Didn’t get my laptop back – but I’ve ordered a new one. It’s in the mail. And I’ll start posting regularly as soon as it gets here!

Basically… people are lazy

January 28, 2009

Basically, people are lazy. Publishers forget this. Even I did. They want “content” – no matter what the format – delivered to where ever they are already reading things. They don’t want to have to go looking for something to read – they’d rather it be delivered to their doorstep, to their inbox or to their blackberry/iphone etc.

However, as a recent post on MediaPost Magazines mentions,

“I realized that what I like about Time, or any print vehicle for that matter – be it magazine or newspaper or broadsheet or pamphlet – is that I am exposed to tidbits of information and long-form thought pieces that I don’t necessarily want to fetch.”

It is this quality that magazines, newspapers and print producers of every kind need to remember. If they choose their market, they can provide things that that market didn’t know it wanted to read – but that they will find interesting, nonetheless. While, essentially, this is what “cookies” (web sites use cookies to track what you look at to provide you ads you are most likely to be receptive to) do for advertising, nothing currently exists that can bring together different written content and deliver it in an interesting package and deliver it to the consumer – without them having to do a lick of work.

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Lost My Laptop

January 14, 2009

Unfortunately, I left my laptop in the back of a NYC yellow cab. It doesn’t look like I’m going to be getting it back, however I am buying a new computer next week, and have several exciting posts that should go up soon after. So don’t abandon me.

You can look forward to :

The next part of the serious “Some Cheese to go with that Whine” on Newspapers.

A article on building a business idea, and a discussion of magazine brands and marketing

I begin classes next week also, so I should be able to begin to talk about the topics my classes will cover

A post of the latest trend in B2B magazines and why it matters

And I’ve got a few ‘ideas’ up my sleeve. Views seemed to jump after I posted quotes on writing for the new year, so i will probably begin to post these more regularly also. One of my new years resolutions is to post more regularly …I’m not off to a great start, but hopefully once I get the new computer I can begin to do that.

Writing Quotes for the new year….

January 3, 2009

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration … or something to distract us from our lack of it. So here are some quotes on writing I particularly liked.

Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.  ~Anton Chekhov

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