Tag: publishing

  • Media Innovation

    Media Innovation

    I enjoyed Brian Morrissey’s Digiday podcasts which featured interviews with various media executives. His experience in publishing and advertising brings out a level of detail in his conversations that goes deeper than most but still accessible even for a trade publication. His The Rebooting newsletter is his attempt to branch out on his own and […]

  • Cracking the Code of Local News

    Cracking the Code of Local News

    In his opening remarks, Rich Jaroslovsky, VP for Content and Chief Journalist at SmartNews, said that Local News is something that everyone has tried but, “nobody has fully cracked the code.” Backfence, Topix, Patch, and countless other valiant efforts have taken a run at it but failed to sustain. “Local News is still a huge […]

  • Flipboard’s Layout Algorithm

    Casey pointed me to a fascinating post from the Flipboard Engineering blog that gives a peek into that company’s layout engine, Duplo. We start with a set of page layouts created by human designers. Then, our layout engine figures out how to best fit your content into these layouts—considering things like page density, pacing, rhythm, […]

  • Online Advertising is just TV?

    Here’s the plan: Publishers, take every banner ad off of your site. Not just the ones you stuffed at the bottom on the page that nobody sees anyway. Remove each and every single one. Replace those small, ugly boxes with a full-screen, 30-second video interstitial to be displayed on every third page viewed per customer session. Sell the value […]

  • Flaming Lips makes the upsell into an art form

    Flaming Lips makes the upsell into an art form

    The Flaming Lips Gummy Bear skull which you need to eat your way into the skull to “extract the music.

  • Textbook 2.0

    I’ve written a few times about the future of publishing. Once to highlight concepts by Bonnier, another time to highlight a talk given by Steven Berlin-Johnson. I now work at a publisher, GigaOM produces reporting on the tech industry and GigaOM Pro produces long-form research reports. The long-form research reports are an interesting challenge. Because […]

  • Back to Base

    Back to Base

    Today is my last day at Nokia. The great mobile adventure is over. More accurately, the need to define a mobile web as something other than the internet at large has mostly vanished. I left Yahoo for Nokia with a vision of building services to connect the social web to phones that knew more about you […]

  • Back to Blogging?

    Paul Carr – Thnks Fr Th Mmrs: The Rise Of Microblogging, The Death Of Posterity by constantly micro-broadcasting everything, we’ve ended up macro-remembering almost nothing. Leo Laporte – Buzz Kill I was shouting into a vast echo chamber where no one could hear me because they were too busy shouting themselves. All this time I’ve been […]

  • The Premium Upsell

    Todd Sampson has a great take on publisher’s reaction to the text-to-speech feature on the new Amazon Kindle. Rather than view this feature as a threat to their existing Books on Tape business line, they should look at Amazon’s electronic distribution of their text as a potential channel for an upsell. The quality of the […]

  • Crowdsourced Book Cover Art

    Remember Penguin’s crowdsourced novel? Looks like it’s done and getting prepped to go to print. They’re at it again. This time in conjunction with Piczo on the cover art.