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Publishers rewrite book (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Crain's New York Business ^ | May 24, 2009 | Matthew Flamm

Posted on 05/26/2009 6:04:25 AM PDT by abb

Edited on 05/27/2009 2:52:36 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Last week, an auction for a book by Capt. Richard Phillips, the merchant-ship hero who saved his crew from pirates, drew top bids of around $500,000—half the seven-figure advance it had been expected to fetch.

At least that book had bidders. In February, the William Morris Agency failed to find any takers for a Britney Spears memoir.


(Excerpt) Read more at crainsnewyork.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: books; dbm; digital; publishing
The future.
1 posted on 05/26/2009 6:04:26 AM PDT by abb
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To: abb

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2009/06/01/090601fa_fact_wright
ABSTRACT: PROFILE of Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/26/business/26road.html
In-Flight Entertainment That Begins With Wi-Fi

http://www.homemediamagazine.com/streaming/streaming-phenomenon-isnt-survey-says-only-8-teens-watch-tv-online-15827
Streaming, the Phenomenon That Isn’t: Survey Says Only 8% of Teens Watch TV Online

http://adage.com/mediaworks/article?article_id=136843
Magazine, Newspaper Readers Aging at Accelerated Rate


2 posted on 05/26/2009 6:08:19 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Hard cover books got really expensive, I’ve decided that I can wait a year for the paperback to come out for many series that I had been following.


3 posted on 05/26/2009 6:09:15 AM PDT by garyb
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To: abb

http://www.niemanlab.org/2009/05/dan-froomkin-why-playing-it-safe-is-killing-american-newspapers/#more-5218
Dan Froomkin: Why “playing it safe” is killing American newspapers

http://trueslant.com/level/2009/05/26/is-thomas-friedman-bankrupting-the-new-york-times/
Is Thomas Friedman bankrupting the New York Times?


4 posted on 05/26/2009 6:13:30 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: 04-Bravo; aimhigh; andyandval; Arizona Carolyn; backhoe; Bahbah; bert; bilhosty; Birch T. Barlow; ..

ping


5 posted on 05/26/2009 6:13:57 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Speaking of Capt. Phillips, I am so surprised we haven’t seen him on the talk show circuit. His acts truly were heroic; he put his life on the line to save those of his crew. And he endured five days or so with those murderous thugs.

Not at all to disparage Capt. Sullenberger (the pilot who landed his plane in the Hudson), but Sully’s heroics did not put his own life in danger, and lasted mere minutes. I don’t understand why what Phillips did was not a bigger deal - why the media doesn’t see that much glory in what he did, which I think was extremely brave!


6 posted on 05/26/2009 6:16:35 AM PDT by Joann37
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To: abb

http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2009/05/23/feeling_pressed/?page=full
Feeling pressed
Newspaper printers worry about their livelihood, future

http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/story.php?id=258067&ac=PHnws
Newspaper guild to vote on concessions for sale

http://www.medialifemagazine.com/artman2/publish/Media_economy_57/Now_the_big_upfront_question_When.asp
Now the big upfront question: When?

http://www.buzzmachine.com/
A paper on papers’ future

http://www.daltondailycitizen.com/opinion/local_story_145124255.html?keyword=topstory
Newspapers evolve as readers change

http://www.dailyrecord.com/article/20090524/OPINION02/905240309/1005/NEWS01/Readers+must+help+save+newspapers
Readers must help save newspapers

http://www.fayobserver.com/article?id=327418
Newspapers are still needed

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2009/may/24/newspapers-are-lifeblood-of-communities/
Newspapers are lifeblood of communities


7 posted on 05/26/2009 6:25:15 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

We have a friend whose book is/was published by Amazon.com.

She was ignored or abused by the so called established book publishers. Her book is scheduled for release the middle of next month.

Amazon people treated her very well from the beginning to the upcoming publication.

The left’s control of the book stores and publishing is being decimated monthly due to their arrogance and now the economic meltdown. I haven’t bought a book from a lefty books store for over a decade. I had no tears when two local left wing books stores closed their doors and a national outfit closed their local. They never carried conservative books and sometimes laughed when we asked for a Limbaugh or Thomas Sowell book.


8 posted on 05/26/2009 6:41:23 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (Does Zer0 have any friends, who are not criminals, foriegn/domestic terrorists, or tax cheats?)
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To: abb

The biggest problem for books is simply this:

Paperback $8 ti $9, hardback $25 or more.

Your prices are to the point where picking up a book, even a paperback requires a second thought. While I’m willing to spend it on a known and proven author, I’m not dropping a ten spot on someone I’ve never heard of before “to give it a try”.

They need to lower the retail prices, at least for the paperbacks.. they’ve jumped rediculously in past few years.


9 posted on 05/26/2009 6:54:25 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: abb
"The future."

Has arrived if this -- "In February, the William Morris Agency failed to find any takers for a Britney Spears memoir." -- occurred. ;^)

10 posted on 05/26/2009 7:12:00 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: Landru

Seriously. Think of it this way. What could someone write in a book about Britney that hasn’t already been posted on the internet?


11 posted on 05/26/2009 7:14:29 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: garyb
"Hard cover books got really expensive..."

And how!!

*Just* went to Amazon 5 minutes before reading your comment.
Wanted the hard cover version of an excellent book I'm presently reading, a gift for someone I know come Christmas.
Soft cover: $12.00
Hard cover: $49.00.
Unreal.

12 posted on 05/26/2009 7:16:45 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: garyb
Hard cover books got really expensive, I’ve decided that I can wait a year for the paperback to come out for many series that I had been following.

It's not just a financial issue, it's a SPACE issue - you can shelve three paperbacks in the same space a hardback takes up. I'm getting hardbacks from the library, then if I still want it when it comes out in paperback, I'll pick one up using my Borders coupon.

13 posted on 05/26/2009 7:18:50 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: abb

Just curious, but does anyone know what’s happened to Tom Clancy?


14 posted on 05/26/2009 7:21:29 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: abb
"Seriously. Think of it this way. What could someone write in a book about Britney that hasn’t already been posted on the internet?"

Seriously?
Let's see, hmmmmm.

OK.
Her morals? (Of course she hasn't any. None, nada)
Her fashion sense? ( wink-wink)
Her hair style of choice? ( assuming bald qualities)

You're right abb, you're always right. {g}

15 posted on 05/26/2009 7:23:24 AM PDT by Landru (Arghh, Liberals are trapped in my colon like spackle or paste.)
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To: ken5050

Just speculating here - he’s made his pile and is enjoying spending it. While he was active, he was really prolific - a lot of very hard work.


16 posted on 05/26/2009 7:27:38 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

I recall that his last novel, which was about Ryan’s son, came about because at the time he still owed his publisher one more book under the contract, but he was also in the middle of his divorce, and his soon-to-be ex wife was going to get 50% of everything that had sprung from the time they were living together..i.e..the Jack Ryan books..but a “new” novbel..featuring the president’s son...would be exempt from this..so, to spite his ex, and keep some cash..he cam out with the new hero..


17 posted on 05/26/2009 7:39:26 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: abb

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/05/24/one-tweet-over-the-line/?em
One Tweet Over the Line

http://www.tampabay.com/features/media/article1004019.ece
Hey celebs: Twitter isn’t your personal PR rep, and could you quit the navel-gazing, too?


18 posted on 05/26/2009 8:10:22 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: nina0113
It's not just a financial issue, it's a SPACE issue - you can shelve three paperbacks in the same space a hardback takes up.Books are like gases, They expand to fill all of the available space.

My house used to be a mess with them. I am in the process of moving to strictly electronic books. New on the market this month - a thin seven inch linux tablet with a ten hour battery life.

Not that all of the black and white Electronic Paper readers with two weeks worth of battery life aren't great too.

Newspapers are bulky to carry, and hold so little information comparatively.

19 posted on 05/26/2009 8:38:44 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: abb

Gawd..Kirstie Alley talking about group sex...well, with her weight..she counts as 3 or 4 of the “group” I guess..


20 posted on 05/26/2009 8:50:59 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: MrEdd

Quite a few books are online on Google.


21 posted on 05/26/2009 8:52:59 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.ojr.org/ojr/people/robert/200905/1735/
Journalists must emerge from a culture of failure in order to survive


22 posted on 05/26/2009 8:53:38 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003976406
Huntington ‘Herald-Dispatch’ Cuts 15% of Workforce


23 posted on 05/26/2009 9:24:12 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: ken5050
...but he was also in the middle of his divorce, and his soon-to-be ex wife was going to get 50% of everything that had sprung from the time they were living together...

Also his share of some sports team - the Ravens? - so he tried to force the property division through before the divorce so as to cut her out of that, too, but IIRC, that didn't work.

24 posted on 05/26/2009 9:34:21 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: MrEdd

About three-quarters of the books I own are out-of-print. I have to really like an in-print book to keep a copy at home. The library has a lot more space than I do, and now that ours has on-line requesting, anything I want to re-read is only a few clicks away.


25 posted on 05/26/2009 9:38:03 AM PDT by nina0113
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To: abb

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/may/24/us-press-publishing-newspapers
Will Philadelphia be the place where the American newspaper dies?

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/e1231224-4950-11de-9e19-00144feabdc0.html
Newspapers’ future

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/postglobal/nikos_konstandaras/2009/05/newspapers_paperless_future.html
Newspapers’ Paperless Future


26 posted on 05/26/2009 10:51:57 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb
What could someone write in a book about Britney that hasn’t already been posted on the internet?

It would require a speculum and I really don't want to be exposed to it.

27 posted on 05/26/2009 10:57:19 AM PDT by MediaMole
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To: MediaMole

You owe me a new keyboard!!


28 posted on 05/26/2009 11:01:38 AM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/05/22/newspaper.coin.machines/
Newspaper vending boxes feel economy’s slide

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hPQfCc1c0-Z7ZUbd84MXaGTReNwwD98CNP1G0
Online magazine tries to be a lab for media future


29 posted on 05/26/2009 12:17:03 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

http://www.paperbackswap.com/

Free books for the price of US postage.


30 posted on 05/26/2009 2:35:57 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: Joann37

Lionizing Phillips would have made 0bama look bad.


31 posted on 05/26/2009 2:36:59 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: abb

There are more at gutenberg.org and scribd.com.


32 posted on 05/26/2009 2:40:17 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (Be prepared for tough times. FReepmail me to learn about our survival thread!)
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To: abb
And how many people interested in, like, Brittany Spears, would, like, read a book?
33 posted on 05/26/2009 2:45:31 PM PDT by allmendream ("Wealth is EARNED not distributed, so how could it be redistributed?")
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To: Grampa Dave
Amazon people treated her very well from the beginning to the upcoming publication.

Of course they treated her well, she's a paying customer. Amazon is strictly a pay-to-play deal.

34 posted on 05/26/2009 2:47:36 PM PDT by LikeLight (http://www.believersguidetolegalissues.com)
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To: allmendream
And how many people interested in, like, Brittany Spears, would, like, read a book?

Indeed. Carried further, how many of them could even read?

35 posted on 05/26/2009 2:51:41 PM PDT by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Why buy books when there is so much to read online?


36 posted on 05/26/2009 7:47:07 PM PDT by valkyrieanne
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