Dispatches from the Digital Revolution

Back to Basics: The Lean, Mean Publishing Machine?

Everything comes in cycles, they say, and lately, it looks like a lot of publishing companies are focusing on simplifying their business strategies, eliminating the “extra” business lines, and focusing … Continue reading

March 19, 2013

Amazon, Apple, and Google: Outside the publishing arena

The Wall Street Journal reported some unhappy news for Google stockholders last week, showing quarterly profits down 20 percent from this time last year. And while this doesn’t directly affect … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 1 Comment

Google Chrome’s ad: “An Awesome World” about a self-published “awesome dad”

Have you seen Google Chrome’s video about children’s book author Dallas Clayton? I happened to catch it during X Factor commercials last week. (Don’t judge. I was curious.) The ad describes Clayton’s goal … Continue reading

October 16, 2012 · 4 Comments

Google acquires Frommer’s guides

So if you’re a travel buff or a Google buff or a Frommer’s guide aficionado or read the news, you’ve probably seen that Google recently purchased a travel publishing line … Continue reading

August 23, 2012 · 1 Comment

Amazon speaks to the consumer with returns on ebooks

GalleyCat’s Dianna Dilworth may have surprised a few readers with her recent post on how to return a Kindle ebook. Although Amazon’s return policy is not new, it’s an easily overlooked feature, particularly … Continue reading

August 22, 2012 · 2 Comments

The Authors Guild asks judge to say, “Oh, hell no!” to Google Books

Last week I wrote a lengthy summary of Google’s recent motion for summary judgment in the case of The Authors Guild, et al. v. Google Inc. The motion explained—in great … Continue reading

August 14, 2012

Google claims Google Books is within fair use guidelines

Update (August 7, 2012): PaidContent has published the full, 22-page Authors Guild motion for summary judgment. An earlier version of this post linked to the 3-page version initially released to the public. … Continue reading

August 7, 2012 · 3 Comments

Google enters the tablet wars

As if deciding which tablet to buy weren’t hard enough already. Last Wednesday at its annual I/O conference for developers, Google announced that it would be adding yet another item on … Continue reading

July 3, 2012 · 1 Comment

Crowdsourcing: Can it change the publishing process?

In a post last week, I explored how a trend like crowdfunding could potentially change the way books get published. While unlikely to revolutionize the process entirely, it is yet … Continue reading

June 4, 2012

Has Google lost its way?

As someone who grew up in the ’90s, I have trouble remembering how I went about solving life’s greatest mysteries before the advent of Internet search—but more specifically, Google. With … Continue reading

March 27, 2012 · 8 Comments

Why digital alone cannot “save” publishing (yet)

As the big technology giants continue to do battle for the number-one spot in the marketplace, more and more complications are emerging that are making a digital-only future seem less … Continue reading

March 14, 2012

Data: Today’s most valuable currency

It’s no secret that data and analytics kind of make the world go ’round these days. The more connected we are, the more opportunities exist to track, measure, and analyze … Continue reading

February 23, 2012

Apple’s bane is Google’s gain

Two weeks ago, Motorola Mobility Holdings, Inc. filed a second lawsuit against Apple, Inc. over allegedly infringing on six Motorola Mobility technology patents. The Wall Street Journal reported that the … Continue reading

February 8, 2012

My fair Google

By now most people have heard of the infamous Google Books Project and Google Library Project, as well as the subsequent—and still ongoing—lawsuits (the first, by the Association of American … Continue reading

January 30, 2012

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