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Richard Nash Interview at O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference
February 23, 2010, 7:20 PM
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An excellent video snapshot of some of the common arguments arriving at the intersection of traditional book publishing and digital influence.

Some choice quotes from this short interview:

“[We can create} self-organizing, self-perpetuating, self-selecting communities around a reading/writing platform that allows people to discover like-minded people across the planet.”

“I want our communities to not always be so self-evident or narrowly defined by genre in the ways that we have understood that in the past because one of the things that the web allows us to do is free ourselves from limiting our choices to, say, 20 genres… allowing for unlimited hybridization, cross-pollination and increased narrative specificity for writers and audiences.” [Words in italics are mine – a DJ Cranbury remix of Richard Nash.]

“On the internet nobody knows your gay knitting dog.”

Thank you, Richard.  Well done.


Impact of Piracy and P2P on Book Sales: Frankfurt

Impact Of Piracy And Free ( T O C F F)

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Brian O’Leary of Magellan Media has updated the data for his Impact of P2P and Free Distribution on Book Sales.  He presented this update at the 2009 Frankfurt Book Fair.
Brian’s research and methods have been very influential on my own work.

DRM & eBooks: Cory Doctorow @ O’Reilly’s Tools of Change 2009

I have finally figured out how to embed video from!  I am extremely happy to post this excellent video of Cory Doctorow speaking at the O’Reilly’s Tools of Change for Publishing Conference in February 2009. The title of Cory’s talk is TOC09 Digital Distribution and the Whip Hand: Don’t Get iTunesed with Your eBooks.

This video saw the first appearance of something called Doctorow’s Law, which states: “Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, against your wishes, and doesn’t give you the key, it’s not being done to your benefit.”