How the Web’s Economy of Scale is Changing Publishing

Read/Write Web proclaims that Google is the ultimate money making machine on the internet. They focus on some classic supply & demand examples, and explain why so many niche companies and markets are trying to emulate Google in some way. Instead of being a destination, websites are trying to become more of an essential service,… Continue reading How the Web’s Economy of Scale is Changing Publishing

Do Books Have a Future?

Books. We love to shop for them, hold them, display them, talk about them, and occasionally even read them – but what lies in their future? I can’t help but feel that fiction and nonfiction will take two distinct paths. Today, I will be mostly exploring the evolution of nonfiction.  The limits of books. Thinking… Continue reading Do Books Have a Future?

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The New Model for Publishing

BusinessWeek has a good overview on John Battelle’s Federated Media: a company that is forging a new model for publishing. “The Sausalito (Calif.) startup is signing up hundreds of the best [blogs] and selling their ad space to brand-name advertisers such as IBM (IBM ), Absolut, and Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ). Federated Media doesn’t own the… Continue reading The New Model for Publishing

Fundamentally Changing Publishing

A recent New York Times article discusses the radical changes going on in the marketing world around branding: “…the branding game has changed radically, largely because of the myriad choices the Internet provides consumers and because of the economic influence of widespread Web pontificating, known as the blogosphere, which barely existed as a popular force… Continue reading Fundamentally Changing Publishing

Are Media Companies Leaders, or Followers?

Week after week, I link to articles that profile the massive changes going on within media and journalism. Each illustrates companies and people who are coping with a change in their industry that they are forced to endure. Perhaps these changes are discussed as “opportunities” in some articles; in others, but in many, they are… Continue reading Are Media Companies Leaders, or Followers?

Blogs “the Most Profitable Media Business Today”

The Economist looks at how blog publishers are faring online. They first look at personal journals online, and then at: “The second main kind of blogs are, in effect, niche magazines that choose to publish in a blog format.” Jason Calacanis, who runs Weblogs Inc, calls the best of these blogs: “…the most profitable media… Continue reading Blogs “the Most Profitable Media Business Today”

A Newspaper, MySpace and a Blog Walk into a Bar…

I am having a hard time finding some good news for print and “old media” this Tuesday morning. Marketwatch has this uplifting headline: “More misery for newspaper companies seen.” (link via I Want Media) “Ad sales are lackluster at many newspapers, as advertisers look at dropping circulation numbers and assume that they won’t reach as… Continue reading A Newspaper, MySpace and a Blog Walk into a Bar…

News of the Week

Interesting news from around the web: The LA Times gives a fascinating look at the real value of journalism in the world. In the article, Susan D. Moeller and Moisés Naím talk about the deaths of reporters in search of truth, including the recent death of Anna Politkovskaya. “It is harder to quash the millions… Continue reading News of the Week

Google’s Future Relies on Publishers

Google CEO Eric Schmidt on Google’s future: “…we have this amazing product called AdSense for content, where we’re monetizing the Web. If you’re a publisher we run our ads against your content. It’s phenomenal. How do we make that product produce better content, not just lots of content?”