Because choosing just ten was too hard and good blogs got left out
Richard Charkin is CEO of MacMillan and a nice person*. His blog is a mine of information on MacMillan, the UK industry in general and his views on where it is going. One of the best features of his blog is the regular and eclectic contributions from guests.
12/ O’Reilly Radar
As Adam said in his comment on my last post,
but why do you miss out http://radar.oreilly.com/ Surely not because he is Irish? 🙂 Although the O’Reilly crowd have a broader focus than the future of books and media, they (Tim especially) have a great range of insights for publishers and become the focus of great discussion.
And there really is no good reason why I left the radar out except that I have read the first ten more frequently. On the other hand it was O’Reilly with this post that really got me thinking on the changes needed in books and indeed reminds me that little I can think of is novel.
How can you not like Snowbooks. I love their books, I admire their courage and I like their style. They provide advice and suggestions to new publishers, writers and readers on their blog delving deep into detail like XML for publishers and other seemingly arcane topics. Well worth reading.
14/ The New York Times
I know this will strike some people as odd, why the old school old firm media link, well simply because despite all the hype about new media and new platforms, old school, quality journalism and reporting are critically important aspects of content. What is more if for whatever reason a trend passes you by, you will know you have missed it and might be too late to make money on it if the NYT has a full page feature on it! (I kid)
15/ Joe Wikert’s Publishing 2020 Blog
Joe Wikert left a comment and his plea was a valid one for sure. Joe has an excellent blog and keeps up to date on new tech from a publishers perspective. What I like most about his blog though is the sense of enthusiasm and hunger to do well at his job. See below:
I hate it when a competitor comes up with a really good idea. Either I’m still too immature in this regard or just overly competitive, but it really bugs me. Unfortunately, that’s the case with a new book from APress called Founders at Work, by Jessica Livingston.
16/ Google Book Search
Sometimes the opposition to GBS baffles me. I know Google is not necessarily an ally, and I recognise that they present huge challenges to the current models but their rapid innovation and massive cash pile suggest that publishers would be wise to play nice at the very least rather than annoy them. Reading Inside Google Book Search is a must for all publishers.
Although Mike Arrington’s runaway success is focussed on technology and web tech, you would be wise to keep a close eye at least on the RSS headline’s of the Crunch Network’s flagship site Techcrunch. Mike is connected and has a knack for spotting companies that are innovating in all fields even tangentially related to technology(some might say for choosing companies to be successful given the power of his platform now).
18/ Librarything blog (& Thinglogy)
I love LibraryThing. Not just because it allows me to track books, and to see what other people are reading but because it reminds me of the vastness of the real world of books, the enormous scale of the shift to digital text and the incredible product that digital needs to overcome. It is also a place to lose hours of your time if you are not careful.
Are you afraid yet? You should be if you publish books. The threat (especially for Niche publishers) posed by the likes of Lulu.com and its counterpart Blurb.com suggest careful watching (and at some stage clever collaboration) is in order.
Amazon is a retailer and a provider of web services. It is the web services that suggest it may have ambitions beyond selling physical product and that is why I read their pronouncements with care.
Now who else had to be left out
*Full Disclosure. I had lunch with Richard in January and he paid (for which I am very grateful).