15/05/2012 § Leave a comment

Apparently a consensus exists that publishing many short and frequent items is a better way to run a blog than is publishing fewer and longer items. I’m certain that’s so. I’m not very good at it. Nevertheless, this space’s previous conversations about journalism and digital survival, leavened with the occasional bit of good news, shall resume shortly. Thank you to the surprising number of people who have written recently to encourage this.

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Truthfully, the Rain in Spain is Mainly on the Coasts

01/03/2012 § Leave a comment

Links for early Spring:

Apple flips out over Amazon…

While Amazon flips out over ebook prices….

Leading Mathew Ingram to muse intelligently about both.

A team of three reporters, of which I’m lucky to be one, has launched a new documentary project about Spain’s unemployment crisis.

An exciting, new magazine led by an editor so clever, she really ought to have been obligated to go to medical school instead of into publishing, will be both a bi-monthly and a daily, via a re-launched website.

Pablo Barrio of the digital design house Ganso y Pulpo (“Goose and Octopus”) will be co-running a workshop on non-fiction ebooks with me next week, part of the XIII Digital Journalism Congress.

The US men’s national soccer team beats powerhouse Italy 1-0 when a child of Haitian immigrants passes a ball to a guy from a trailer park on the Mexican border, who scores. Italy rues an injury to its own team’s star, who is from, naturally, Teaneck, New Jersey.

Today’s Telling Search String

27/02/2012 § Leave a comment

“can i publish a book on kindle if i am from the middle east?”




Blech of a Salesman

27/02/2012 § 2 Comments

In the three months since self-publishing a piece of long form reporting, I have become more aware of the niche businesses evolving around ebooks. Graphic designers appear to be finding sustaining work. Freelance editors have less traction, but some are doing well providing notes to authors. What I have yet to understand, and would like to explore, is why the marketing business hasn’t gotten very involved in the ebook business. We do not yet see many boutique marketing shops cropping up for hire by authors to sell books. Or, not nearly to the degree graphic designers, ebook packagers, and distributors have. « Read the rest of this entry »

Regarding the Pause

21/02/2012 § Leave a comment

Updates will resume in this space shortly. I have been waiting until I have something useful to say.

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