Links of Interest (At Least to Me) 10/12/2007

Eoin Purcell

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting comment on the Reuters/IHT deal which was announced today. Cannot help but think that this is one of those Love it or Hate it Deals.

A very nice review of one of my favourite authors, Philip Reeve (of The Mortal Engines Quartet)

Scott Karp at Publishing 2.0 has a nice piece on value of print in the changing environment.

Personnondata almost strikes me (almost) dumb with a great “view from a distance” piece on Kindle.

So much to read, so little time. Read this and felt worse.

Want a fright? Read this series

Eoin Purcell

Buzz, Balls & Hype
Is running an absolutely brilliant three part series by Barry Eisler:

I’m not arguing that labels offer no value other than distribution, just that distribution has always been their *key* value, the one thing that only they could offer. They’ve lost that key value; the challenge now will be to find ways to replace it with something else — for example, some combination of imprimatur, branding, marketing, and other residual values. But because none of these values offers nearly the barrier to entry that distribution did, other players will move into what today is the labels’ exclusive domain. Not all labels will die, but even the survivors will lose clout and profitability.

For labels read publishers and then it might be worth panicking for a while. But most importantly read:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three