Future of Publishing

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 […]


The Copyright Bubble

by Adam on February 28, 2013

As a cookbook publisher (or perhaps more accurately, a recipe content publisher) there are so many pressures that our business model faces. From the free online content, to self-publishing, to the rise of cheap ebooks and the pressure that puts on existing print prices, there are plenty of problems our industry faces that need to […]


The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference

by Adam on February 11, 2013

This weekend marked the second annual Roger Smith Cookbook Conference in NYC, three days of programming focused on the past, present and future of cookbooks and recipe content. I was pleased to be able to take part as a co-organizer of the event, focusing on 16 sessions that explored the evolution of digital content, apps, […]


Exploring the Future of Cookbook Publishing

by Adam on January 15, 2013

I’m gearing up for The Roger Smith Cookbook Conference, upcoming in about 3 weeks in NYC. This is a conference that kicked off last year in the first-ever event to explore the past, present and future of cookbooks in-depth. I have been (and am) primarily involved with the future/digital portion of the conference, organizing 16 […]


ROI, or Return on Imagination

by Adam on October 28, 2012

Since the earliest days of social media, there’s been talk about what the ROI, or return on investment is for the digital participation of big brands. Major dollars are being spent in digital channels, whether on building websites, monitoring and developing Facebook accounts, or the hourly (and sometimes minute-by-minute) updating of Twitter. And the question […]


Pubwest and the Future of the Bookstore

by Adam on October 26, 2012

I’m attending Pubwest this week, which those in the book world may know is in Keystone, CO. I have to suspect that the decision to be in Keystone was motivated by a combination of the membership’s locality in Colorado, the need for a cost-effective conference model, and a general love by those who live here […]


The Future of the Cookbook

by Adam on October 13, 2012

I authored this article earlier this year for the Publishers Weekly Soapbox column, and am rerunning the text below. It has been modified slightly to fit the digital medium. I don’t pretend that by the end of this post, I’ll have the future of cookbook publishing figured out (though it has been discussed ad infinitum […]


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 […]