It was against everything I believed in, but I had made a decision to self-publish and I was going to have to open my eyes and my heart to what they might be able to offer me.
There was a word to describe my condition. I liked to push duties away and wait for the very last minute. I still do. Why else would I wait all summer to write an article about waiting all summer?
My cameraman that day was an avid reader, one of those people who always had a book with him. He had put it down to set up the shot and Bezos spotted it. The next thing he knows, the CEO of Amazon is firing questions at him. What book is that? Who's the author? What's it about?
It's not retro thinking to understand what is and what isn't actually worn out and old -- it's just plain old smart.
My first step was to find out what else is selling in the littérature sexy catégorie. I entered "best selling sex books" on the Amazon books site and here's what I got -- pretty much in this exact order.
If every book is a "must-read," and "amazing," then how can people looking for suggestions take all this hyperbolic Tweeting and Facebooking seriously?
While boycotts and events like Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day garner media attention, they serve to further separate, rather than bring together, people with opposing viewpoints.
Blog plagiarism is entering a new arena of dastardliness that most bloggers are unequipped and unprepared to handle.
The news on Friday about Amazon's Jeff Bezos giving $2.5 million to the effort of marriage equality in Washington State marked a milestone. And here we are, in a media firestorm over this pipsqueak, Chic-fil-A?
he Hermitage is great, their storage rooms even better and the glorious mansions of the Romanov period are opening for a glimpse of the past we have all read about.
Publishers need a new operating system. Here are three core features that would make it work.
Now, once the digital enemy has been let inside the wonderland that is Waterstones, which of the two strong brands will dominate?
Will Amazon's map app have social functionality? The answer is yes, assuming Amazon doesn't want to keep following the competition in embracing this hard trend.
My father-in-law turned to me and asked: "So, what's your number?" I looked back at him blankly. I was so naive in those days (last week). That was when I learned about the Amazon Best Sellers Rank.
Sure, for years Google has been essentially a means to an end. But should it remain that way? With respect to search, it's hard to see that changing in a fundamental way.
I'd like to applaud the makers of ereaders for collecting some of the first usable readership data in the history of publishing. If they want to know how quickly I tore through the new Christopher Buckley novel, or that I never finished War and Peace, so be it.