Amazon Acquires Goodreads

by Adam on April 1, 2013

I’m a bit late covering the recent news of Amazon’s acquisition of GoodReads, but I feel like it’s something we’ll be talking about for days to come, so I don’t feel all that bad. For those of you who missed out, here is the news from a more official source: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/digital/retailing/article/56575-amazon-buys-goodreads.html What fun! So Amazon […]


BEA (or How Digital Inspires…)

by Adam on June 5, 2010

I’d go so far as to say that Book Expo America last week was a reawakening of the publishing spirit (if digital hasn’t already brought some new wakefulness to publishing in general…although what we’ve awakened is yet to be known). Never have I seen such a crowded convention space, owing just as much to this […]


The No-Platform Book

by Adam on April 18, 2010

It was probably about a year ago, at Tools of Change 2009, where I first heard about the concept of platform agnostic books. While a very confusing term for something relatively simple (at least in theory), the idea of a book without specific media in mind should be top of mind for many publishers as […]


Rushing for the Agency Model

by Adam on April 1, 2010

Today marks the first day that the Agency Five will begin selling books through retailers via the agency model (or at least for most, that’s the case…some don’t make the switch until April 3). This represents a day of great change for publishers, but underneath what appears to be a huge win for ebook sales […]


The New York Times came out with an article about a week ago, detailing some of the roadblocks that have come up over developing partnerships between publishers, Apple and Amazon. Full text of the article can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/18/technology/internet/18amazon.html For anyone who didn’t have a chance to read it, Amazon is threatening to stop […]


The Library Model for Ebooks

by Adam on March 18, 2010

There’s been a lot of talk, both ongoing and lately, about how libraries fit into the digital publishing world…and whether they actually can. Overdrive has crafted a strong offering through which they’re looking to become the main intermediary between publishers and libraries. Who knows if they’ll be able to pull it off or if enough […]


The Cost of Free eBooks

by Adam on March 13, 2010

So I’ve got an idea for a new business. I’m going to start a company, a clothing company. And I’m going to make some really fabulous stuff, better than my competitors and others in the industry in many ways. I’m going to be independent of the big chains, consumer-focused and market-driven. And I’m going to […]


Yet Another Voice on the iPad

by Adam on March 9, 2010

There are many voices on both sides of the iPad debate, many reasons both to love the device and feel that it could’ve been so much more (and maybe it will be in future iterations). My interest and excitement over Apple’s newest creation of course centers around all that it means for publishers. Yes, it […]


The Roll of Publishing and Toilet Paper

by Adam on March 3, 2010

I’ve always been a big Seinfeld fan – I think the situation that publishers are facing right now is referenced in a particular apropos moment in Season 6, in an episode entitled “The Face Painter:” George: “Take toilet paper for example. Do you realize that toilet paper has not changed in my lifetime? It’s just […]