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EO Wilson: Our Greatest Biologist Writes A Novel, 'Anthill' (INTERVIEW, EXCERPT)

Posted April 5, 2010 | 08:37:01 (EST)

A Novel with a Mission--and a Novella--from our Premiere Biologist

Huffington Post: Let me begin with the obvious first question: after writing over twenty acclaimed works of nonfiction, what inspired you to try your hand at fiction?


EO Wilson: Multiple factors. I had reached a...

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Digital Book World: The Piracy, Social Media, And Will Publishers Ever Understand New Technology? Conference

Posted January 27, 2010 | 07:30:00 (EST)

The Founders

About seven months ago David Nussbaum and Sara Domville of F & W Media approached the publishing industry's top tech guru, Mike Shatzkin, about putting together a new kind of conference on digital change, one that would address immediate business challenges instead of long-term development issues. The result...

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How Many eReaders Does it Take to Screw in an eBook?

Posted January 14, 2010 | 13:26:24 (EST)

How many eReaders does it take to screw in an eBook?

The answer, as glimpsed at last week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, is "too many": the number of new tools for electronic reading may soon reach a killion: a quantity invented by mathematician-writer Ian Frazier for a number...

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The Writer-in-Chief

Posted November 2, 2009 | 11:18:31 (EST)

"I have an amazing story to tell you," she said, stepping into my office.

"She" was the editorial director whose balanced perspective and judgment made her essential to me as Publisher and to the editorial staff.

"Okay, let's hear it."

One of the editors, she told...

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Wal-Mart: "If There's Going to be a Wal-Mart of the Web, It Can Be Amazon"

Posted October 19, 2009 | 12:56:23 (EST)

"Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched a brash price war against Amazon.com Inc. on Thursday, saying it would sell 10 new books for just $10 apiece through its online site, Walmart.com. That was just the beginning. Hours later, Amazon matched the $10 price. Wal-Mart soon fired back with a promise to...
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"Can't We All Just Get Along?" -- A Manifesto of Sorts

Posted October 8, 2009 | 09:49:49 (EST)

"My advice, Stevie? Get the Hell out of this industry, 'cuz it's sinking like the Titanic."

This was said to me yesterday at lunch with a dear friend of mine who is also a prominent and enormously successful literary agent. There is no question there is trouble across the industry...

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Ask a Panicked Print Media Executive

Posted September 18, 2009 | 12:06:55 (EST)

Dear Panicked Print Media Executive,
My wife and I adopted a shelter puppy from the local kennel but we're having trouble with the paper training. Do you have any advice?
--Desperate in Dallas

Dear Desperate:
After she got nailed in the last round of layoffs, Nell said...

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That Downturn Chic

Posted September 15, 2009 | 18:42:23 (EST)

"I don't usually shoot homeless people," Scott Schumann said. It was just that the man's jeans-shorts-over-sweat-pants look, his pale blue boots with matching socks, gloves and glasses, suggested that he had not lost his need to "communicate and express himself through style." Designers as unalike as Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto...
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