Something To Think About

January 16, 2010

Amazon the disruptor

As pointed out by Scott Anthony and Clayton Christensen in Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Amazon is disrupting publishing. If anyone can make a book or CD, the distributor gains.

Distribution Is King

He’s got the money, but no impact. Because the distribution medium he chose has got a limited audience.

So don’t tell me how great you are. If no one can hear you, it doesn’t matter.

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Layoff Lit: Spare Us!

January 16, 2010

Crunch Time: Selling Tales of the Great Downturn

This is exactly why we all hate you, New York Times.

The new George Clooney film, “Up in the Air,” hit a nerve with its portrayal of an unmoored corporate executioner who makes his living by firing people. Now several writers and their publishers are hoping to catch the same wave with a cluster of forthcoming memoirs and novels that describe the fallout of losing a job, losing a house or losing an investment account.

Call it layoff lit. Next month will bring “The Bag Lady Papers,” a memoir by Alexandra Penney, the former editor in chief of Self magazine, who said she had lost all her savings to Bernard L. Madoff. In May Dominique Browning, the former editor of House & Garden, has a memoir, “Slow Love: How I Got Kicked Off the Fast Track, Put My Pajamas On for a Year & Found Happiness.”

Wait. There have never, ever, ever been books like this before?

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