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Here’s a QuickStart for this site: The column on the left lists the industries which I believe comprise publishing today. Below that are some of the influences that are changing publishing, and the impact of those changes. Click on a topic, whether it’s your sector or just a topic that interests you, and you’ll begin […]

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  • I last covered the topic “What Can the Music Business Teach the Book Business?” in a November, 2011 blog post. Today, in response to a fascinating blog entry on Brian O’Leary’s site I found myself revisiting the issue, leading to a comment I posted there. Thoughts are frequently shared comparing the music and publishing businesses but […]

  • I’m thinking about two very different products each apparently well on the road to oblivion. Here’s a graph (roughly) illustrating the decline in the use of traveller’s cheques (aka “travelers checks” and several other spellings). There was tremendous growth through the mid-1990s. The drop-off is severe.

  • How to Succeed in Business by Bundling – and Unbundling is a thought-provoking interview with Marc Andreessen and Jim Barksdale online at the Harvard Business Review. Marc Andreessen was the co-founder of Netscape. Jim Barksdale is a veteran of IBM, FedEx and AT&T Wireless “brought on a few months after Netscape’s founding to provide adult supervision as its CEO.” Both are now […]

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