Future of Publishing

Ode to London Book Fair

by Adam on April 15, 2010

London Book Fair, how a volcano has smite thee (or more accurately, how volcanic ash has messed up everyone’s plans). While we have a tendency to forget how the natural world sometimes butts up against our everyday lives, it seems Mother Nature has reared her earthly head at just the wrong time. I can’t help […]


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 […]


By now, many have seen this video, but I feel it’s a great example of what we can do with the right message and a dose of creativity (it helps that my roommate and I were discussing palindromes last night…of which this is in a similar vein). I hope others in our industry bring this […]

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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 […]


Authors and Platform Building

by Adam on February 25, 2010

We’ve begun thinking in new ways at The Harvard Common Press, most especially about the way we work with authors. We’ve come to a juncture within the digital publishing world where we can no longer think about the old ways of doing business working as they used to. This especially applies to our acquisition of […]


Thoughts on Tools of Change

by Adam on February 23, 2010

We’re into Day 2 at the O’Reilly Tools of Change conference – I’ve benefited from the ability to compare what’s going on here to both TOC 2009 as well as Digital Book World in January. There’s a lot here, but one thing I’ve seen that’s noticeably different from last year is the idea of immediacy. […]