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A celebration of Libro.fm: the indie, DRM-free Audible alternative that helps your local bookseller (with giveaway!)

Libro.fm (previously) is an independent audiobook store that sells all the same audiobooks you can get on other platforms like Audible, Google Play, Apple, Downpour, etc, but unlike the industry leaders at Audible and Apple, they are DRM-free, and unlike all of their competition, they work with independent booksellers. When you sign up for a Libro.fm account, you can choose any one of 561 indie booksellers as your home bookstore -- the place where you go to get ideas about which books you ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Audiobooks, Post, Books, Business, News, Drm, Tim Wu, Audible, Wu, Amazon Audible, Chicago School, Bookselling, Mark Pearson, Shoshana Zuboff


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys as Brexit fears mount

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try to ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, the managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure se...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


The Entertainer retailer stockpiles summer toys amid Brexit fears

Founder Gary Grant says ‘no shortage of toys’ likely because company had shipped own-label items earlyThe UK’s biggest independent toy retailer has stockpiled 100 container loads of paddling pools, slides, wheelbarrows and other toys to try and ensure there are no shortages this summer in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Gary Grant, managing director and founder of The Entertainer chain, said it had doubled the amount of containers it usually brought into the UK at this time of year to ensure seaso...
Tags: Europe, Business, Toys, UK, European Union, UK News, Retail industry, Brexit, Gary Grant, Entertainer, Brexit Gary Grant


Lin-Manuel Miranda rescues New York's beloved, century-old Drama Book Shop

For more than 100 years, New York City's Tony-award-winning Drama Book Shop has been a stalwart of the city's thronging theater community; but like so many independent bookstores, it has struggled (it recently announced that it would have to leave its Times Square location on January 20 due to rent hikes). Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda and three of his collaborators from Hamilton, who have joined with the city to save the store and re-open it in Midtown next fall. Miranda spent his boyhood read...
Tags: Post, Books, Business, New York, News, B-side, Bside, Nofrontdoor, New York City, New York Times, Broadway, Miranda, Midtown, Hamilton, Times Square, Tony


Revisiting "The Innovator's Dilemma"

What's the most impactful business book you've ever read? Mine is Clayton Christensen's The Innovator's Dilemma. I first read it many years ago and I figure now would be a good time to read it again. I must have given... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Startups, Books, Business, Disruption, Clayton Christensen, Joe Wikert, The Innovator's Dilemma


Hello 2019 – what are you likely to bring?

Politics, science, technology, TV, books … here’s what to expect in the year aheadA year is much more than just 365 days, or one orbit of the Earth around the sun. One year produces so many events and human stories that in 2018 alone, the Guardian published more than 73,000 news articles.Much of what happens is unpredictable. But with 2019 only hours old, there are a few things that can confidently be foretold. Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Science, Television, Economics, UK News, World news, US news, Earth, Culture, Television & radio


Welcome to DisruptorFest!

If you're looking at this page and scratching your head it's probably because you're used to seeing my digital content strategies site. Although I'm still intrigued by the future of digital content I'm even more passionate about business management, personal... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Disruption, Change Management, Change, Community, Joe Wikert, DisruptorFest


How ‘Mary Poppins’ came to be and child care today

A “Mary Poppins” sequel is now in theaters featuring a different spin on the magical nanny. Here’s a look at how the beloved franchise came to be and the modern world of child-care workers. The “Mary Poppins” stories were created by Helen Lyndon Goff, who wrote under the name P. L. (Pamela Lyndon) Travers. She was born in 1899 in Australia and was a poet, journalist and Shakespearean actress before her move to London in 1924. The first “Mary Poppins” book was published in 1934 and Travers wrote...
Tags: Books, Business, New York, Texas, London, News, Children, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Infographic, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Walt Disney


Bottleneck at printers derailed some holiday book sales

This year has been, much to everyone’s surprise, a blockbuster for the publishing industry. Despite the relentless news cycle, readers have bought books in droves. Hardcover sales are up, and unit sales at independent bookstores have risen 5 percent. Multiple titles — Bob Woodward’s “Fear,” Bill Clinton and James Patterson’s “The President Is Missing” and […]
Tags: Amazon, Books, Business, News, Bill Clinton, Retail, James Patterson, Bob Woodward


Creativity endures for retirees at the Motion Picture and Television Fund home

The show keeps going on for residents of the Motion Picture & Television Fund’s retirement campus in Woodland Hills. Also known as the Wasserman Campus, the living and medical care facility offers dozens of programs to keep the entertainment industry veterans and their spouses living there occupied and thriving. And since most of them had creative careers of one kind or another, key activities involve writing, art and putting on shows. There’s even origami. “This isn’t your typical retirement co...
Tags: Books, Business, Hollywood, Movies, News, Minnesota, Retirement, Sport, Soccer, Ohio, Local News, Marvel Comics, Motion Picture and Television Fund, Salvation Army, Ucla, Jo Ann


6 well-loved, longtime Seattle-area bookstores

A select list of a few of the longer-lasting Seattle shops that sell new books (in some cases, alongside used ones).
Tags: Books, Business, News, Seattle


Best-sellers at Seattle’s Third Place Books

Best-seller lists for November 2018 show how each Third Place Books location serves a slightly different clientele.
Tags: Books, Business, News, Entertainment, Seattle


Revenues and customers can still be a hobby

For a few years, I have noted in update presentations and elsewhere that some gig drivers who only drive occasionally, do it for cash generation or to pass the time, or have other income sources, might really have an activity not engaged in for profit ("hobby"), rather than a business. The tax consequences of the hobby designation are tremendous in that no deductions are allowed starting in 2018. No self-employment tax is owed either, but loss of tax deductions for a gig driver is costly.  Follo...
Tags: Business, Taxes, Ford, Tennessee, Irs, Hobby, IRC, Gig Economy, Tax Court, Professor Nellen, Nellen, TCJA, 162, 183, Bell Cove Club, Joy Ford


T-Mobile CEO Legere serves up slow-cooker recipes with a side of leadership advice

T-Mobile CEO John Legere's cookbook is a spinoff from the success of his Facebook Live show "Slow Cooker Sunday."
Tags: Books, Business, Technology, News, Food & Drink, Facebook Live, John Legere, Legere


Why paying tax can be good news for companies

For the past 35 years, Ipsos MORI, the UK market research company, has undertaken a survey of which professions in Britain people trust. Each year, they ask 1,000 people whether they trust people in different professions to tell the truth.Every year, close to the bottom come business leaders, just above estate agents, professional footballers, journalists, and politicians, below trade union leaders and “the man in the street”, and usually even below bankers.Mistrust in business is pervasive, per...
Tags: Books, Business, Politics, Usa, UK, Featured, Taxes, France, Finance, Elizabeth Warren, US, Britain, Current Affairs, Labour, Financial Times, Social Sciences


Moms start companies to fill demand for Spanish-language children’s books

Small companies are stepping in to answer the growing demand for Spanish-language books in the U.S.
Tags: Books, Business, News, Retail


Big Tech got big because we stopped enforcing antitrust law (not because tech is intrinsically monopolistic)

Tim Wu (previously) is a legal scholar best known for coining the term "Net Neutrality" -- his next book, The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age (previously) challenges the accepted wisdom about today's digital monopolists, which is that they grew so big because of some underlying truth about online business ("first-mover advantage," "network effects," "globalism," etc). Instead, Wu argues that the reason we got digital monopolies is that we stopped enforcing anti-monopoly rules ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Post, Books, Business, Happy Mutants, Gift Guide, News, Instagram, Los Angeles, Competition, Aol, University Of Chicago, Tim Wu, Wu


Global antiquarian bookseller strike brings Amazon to its knees

When Amazon division Abebooks -- the largest platform for antiquarian booksellers in the world -- announced it would blacklist stores in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, South Korea and Russia, citing nebulous transaction-processing difficulties -- 600 antiquarian booksellers in 27 countries went on strike, withdrawing their 4,000,000 titles from Abebooks. Two days later, Amazon reversed its policy and promised that booksellers in the affected countries would continue to be welcome on i...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Books, Business, News, Russia, New York Times, Scott Brown, AbeBooks, Bookselling, Solidarity Forever, Eureka Calif, David Streitfeld, International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, Burdon, Arkady


How disconnecting from digital pressures can boost learning

Students in France went back to school in 2018 sans smartphones, thanks to a nationwide detox law passed in June. Children under age 15 cannot use mobile phones in classes, during breaks, on playgrounds, or anywhere on the premises of French schools. The ban aims to help young people concentrate, improve learning outcomes, and encourage physical activity. The French education minister describes the legislation as giving students a “right to disconnect” from digital pressures during the school da...
Tags: Books, Business, Featured, France, New York City, Research, Economics, Smartphones, Schools, Bill De Blasio, Sustainable, Multitasking, Social Sciences, Public Domain, Concentration, Business & Economics


ScanMarker Air: Great concept, poorly executed

Despite my strong interest in the digital content marketplace, I still read quite a few print books every year. I also like to highlight excerpts for future reference. That works great in the ebook world as those highlights are always... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, ScanMarker, ScanMarker Air, TopScan


The digital content scalability problem

Why are ebooks still stuck in the print-under-glass model? Why haven't we seen anything new and exciting in the digital book transformation process? Those are questions I've been asking myself a lot lately. Ebooks are convenient in that you can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Ebooks, Startups, Books, Business, Production, Digital Content, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Scalability, Digital Content Transformation


Blockchain and the next generation of content reuse and syndication

What do you think about the KodakOne and KodakCoin strategies? If Wall Street is any indication, these might represent the long-awaited turnaround the tired Kodak brand desperately needs to regain relevance. Then again, the resulting Kodak stock surge might be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Kodak, Data, Blockchain, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Content Syndication, KodakOne, KodakCoin, Content Remix, Content Reuse


Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant: Where are VPAs leading the publishing industry?

My daily hour+ commute to and from work enables me to take in a variety of podcasts, a bit of SiriusXM Radio and, more recently, some quality time with Google Assistant. The latter simply means I press and hold the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, Books, Business, Siri, Alexa, Digital Content, VPA, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Google Assistant, Alexa Siri, Content Containers


Here's how to turn book samples into a powerful B2C tool

Book samples are one of the most under-utilized tools in a publisher or author's marketing arsenal. Most consumers will not buy a book without at least flipping through it, so many download samples before making a purchase decision. But how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, B2C, Curation, Samples, Freemium, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Direct Sales, Authoring Tips, Robeagar, Book Samples, Business-to-consumer, D2C direct-to-consumer, Rob Eagar, Wildfire Marketing


“The Content Trap” is the must-read book of the year

A recent trip to a local brick-and-mortar bookstore helped me realize that even the best algorithms and email campaigns can’t replace in-person product discovery. I noticed a book called The Content Trap sitting face-out on the shelf and couldn’t resist... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Publishing, Social Networks, Newspapers, Magazines, Content, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Bharat_N_Anand, Bharat Anand, The Content Trap


2016 Trend Report: What publishers need to know

The Future Today Institute has created a terrific, free report summarizing key technology trends and what they mean for tomorrow. I’ve embedded the report below so you can quickly flip through it. I read the whole report and highlighted the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Newspapers, Magazines, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff


How are you connecting with your customers?

The people who actually buy and read books are still mostly nameless and faceless individuals from a publisher’s point of view. This, despite the fact that there are plenty of opportunities for publishers to establish a direct relationship with consumers.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Customers, Community, Drm, Membership, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Direct Sales, D2C, Direct-to-consumer, Sample Content, Product Registration


What can publishers learn from Pokemon Go?

Long considered nothing more than a gimmicky fad, it turns out that augmented reality (AR) is actually alive and well. At least that’s the case when it’s associated with a brand as large as Pokemon. By now you’ve undoubtedly heard... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] [Author: Joe Wikert]
Tags: Books, Business, Video, Games, Ar, Augmented Reality, Qr Codes, Layar, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Authoring Tips, Pokemon Go, Print-plus-digital


ScanMarker Air: Great concept, poorly executed

Despite my strong interest in the digital content marketplace, I still read quite a few print books every year. I also like to highlight excerpts for future reference. That works great in the ebook world as those highlights are always only a few taps away on my iPad but my print highlights are far less accessible, especially if I'm away from my physical bookshelf. I thought I found an interesting solution to the problem when I saw the umpteenth ad for ScanMarker Air in my Facebook feed. The prom...
Tags: Facebook, Books, Business, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, ScanMarker, ScanMarker Air, TopScan


The digital content scalability problem

Why are ebooks still stuck in the print-under-glass model? Why haven't we seen anything new and exciting in the digital book transformation process? Those are questions I've been asking myself a lot lately. Ebooks are convenient in that you can carry an entire library on a phone or tablet. They're also more readily available for browsing or purchase, right from the comfort of home. But the reading experience features nothing more than a digital version of the print edition. I've spent a lot of t...
Tags: Ebooks, Startups, Books, Business, Production, Digital Content, Publishing Trends, Joe Wikert, Technology Stuff, Scalability, Digital Content Transformation



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