My Columns For The Irish Times

I’ve been writing some pieces for The Irish Times since December, thought I should round them up in one place: Facing Up To The Mega-Publisher – December 1, 2012 Word For Word: How An Amazon Triumph Was Kindled – March 2, 2013 Word For Word: What’s The Future For Bookshops – March 23, 2013 Word…

Stop Making It Bigger

Most small and medium-sized publishers who haven’t  YET decided to act on digital publishing wonder where to start. They are especially cautious if they have been in business for some time and have a backlist they are worried about converting. That’s a significant up-front cost for small publishers if they only have PDF copies of their…

The Differential Rates Of Digital Change Problem

There’s an issue I’ve been exploring on this blog and elsewhere for some time. It’s about digital change and what it does to large and small markets, especially when the rates of change in these markets differ. I’ve called it the differential rates of digital change problem and I think it is time I put a…

The Digital Rights Issue: One Solution

There’s A Problem I’ve written before about how small markets, both English language ones like Ireland and other territories with major markets in similar languages, face challenges when it comes to ebooks: So we have large publishers seeing sales internationally that they can EASILY service at little marginal cost. Acquiring the right to sell to…

Who Is Your Digital Publisher?

In the last few days several stories have reminded me of a question I’ve been meaning to ask all publishers. I think it is a question that’s especially vital for small and medium publishers. What’s more it’s one that acts as a good acid test of your digital strategy and where your thinking is on…

The Internet As Competition To New Non-Fiction Books

About This Series Things Publishers Fear is an occasional series about the realities of publishing in the modern era. For the record, survival is not guaranteed, nor is it always deserved. Berger said that the name of the game in this space is SEO: writing content “that search engines want to present their users.” Like…