News You Can Use – Jan. 31, 2012

Amazon’s Hit Man - The is a very good article about Larry Kirshbaum the new head of Amazon’s Trade Publishing division. Every serious writer should read this article. Take the time, it is only 3,400 words. Source is Blomberg’s Business Week magazine.

Is There Hope for Barnes & Noble? – an interesting take by Rich Adin.

Why Are We Obsessed with What’s New? – Maria Popova reviews a book that explored this sociological phenomenon. Oh, by the way, the book is new… :-)

How to Read a Book – Chad Hall explores the various ways to read. I do a lot of #4.

Will Non-Fiction E-books Achieve the Same Success as Fiction? - Laurel Marshfield explores why e-book fiction outsells e-book non-fiction and whether that will ever change.

Do You Sit at the Computer All Day? – Then read this life-saving article from LifeHacker.

This is a very creative short film (15 minutes), watch it with your kids! It is also an incredible interactive iPad app. Check it out.

5 Responses to News You Can Use – Jan. 31, 2012

  1. Debby Mayne January 31, 2012 at 6:19 am #

    Thanks for the news, Steve! I always look forward to reading your blog, and Tuesday news day is my favorite!

  2. Robert Treskillard January 31, 2012 at 6:46 am #

    Here’s another piece of advice to B&N that someone wrote up … very interesting.

    http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/barnes-noble-its-time-to-disrupt-the-industry/

    -Robert

  3. Timothy Fish January 31, 2012 at 9:28 am #

    There’s no way that B&N can play Amazon.com’s game and win. Amazon.com has them best on book availablity and delivery. Also, B&N can’t rely on customers buying from them just because they aren’t Amazon.com. But I do think B&N have some opportunities available to them, if they would take them. They should focus on beating Amazon.com in quality. Instead of just trying to sell as many books as they can as cheaply as they can, they should develop the reputuation that they can find the book that an individual customer really wants.

  4. Peter DeHaan January 31, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m a skimmer and skipper, too. (“How to read a book,” #4) I learned that skill in college.

  5. Laurel Marshfield February 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Hi, Steve — Thanks so much for listing my BookBuzzr blog post about the difference in mega-sales between fiction eBooks and non-narrative nonfiction eBooks. Much appreciated!

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