But the big story continues to be Oprah’s bitch-slap, for which B&N folks are grateful – why? Because for the bulk of its existence, B&N.com has listed Night as "Fiction". They just got around to fixing that and are hoping that in all the fracas over the LAST book, nobody will notice the switch….
Yeah, yeah, yeah – ohhh, but it was too delicious. Gawker, as always, sums it up perfectly. It was so luscious to see that kind of maternal rage – "I’m disappointed and embarrassed" – and to see Oprah assert her position as The One Who’s Really In Charge Of Publishing, People.
Towards the end, she offered Frey some redemption. In other words, she gave the "I hope you learned your lesson" speech, and he meekly said he did, and now he’s allowed to write more books.
Well, if anything was going to turn me from The Situation Room, it was going to be this. Sorry, Wolf, I promise I won’t cheat on you ever again.
Ezra Klein is guesting on Wonkette today, with a fabulous story about Ford. (I’d link you directly to his own blog, but it seems to be down at the moment.) The closer: Welcome to the “new” economy. It’s new because you’re not in it.
Indeed. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart will be opening up to 280 stores this year alone. (Where are they going to PUT them all?) Practically speaking, does this mean assembly-line workers will now become "greeters"? For a lot less money, no benefits, so that ultimately the only place where they can afford to buy anything is…Wal-Mart? – oooooh, they don’t call it the dismal science for nothing.
I know Thomas Friedman can see what’s at the end of this rainbow, and I think he’s right, but meanwhile, the Yellow Brick Road has got some potholes in it. Wish we could take a long nap and wake up when it’s over.
Michael Cairns breaks out the remonstrations and reminds me that he has been president of Bowker for 5 straight years. Given that Bowker has a tendency to go through presidents like Spinal Tap does drummers, this is indeed quite an achievement. At least he did not spontaneously combust.
However, he might if he reads this.
I find it so amusing that the long tail concept is actually considered news.
At Barnes & Noble.com, it is and was well known that the bestsellers got the most attention, but the bulk of income came from backlist sales – the "long tail". In the aggregate, these sales were what kept B&N in business – and they still do. The Harry Potters will soar out of the ballpark, but it’s the Dummies books that keep the team in the game.
And of course the same is true for any browse, any search – whether physical or virtual (and the distinction between the two is blurring always). There’s the obvious hits, and then everythingelse. That everythingelse is your long tail.
Whoever came up with this as a marketable concept is…driving me crazy.
Says the Guardian: "This article, like others in the paper, will be blogged and circulated across the web tomorrow." Happy to oblige….The article is actually an interview with Lawrence Lessig, discussing the Creative Commons license - how this differs from regular copyright continues to elude me. I suppose, like so much, we have to wait until there’s a court case.
Have you ever wondered what those numbers in the barcode of the novel you’re reading are? Probably not – but in the book publishing and retail industries the ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is critical.
A standardized way to identify books on a global scale, ISBN has helped publishers, distributors, and merchants manage the book business since its original incarnation as Britain’s SBN (Standard Book Numbering) in 1966.
But, as everything in the business world, it is susceptible to progress; in 1970 the numbering system was adopted internationally.
In 2007 the ISBN system will undergo yet another growth spurt as it attempts to account for the hundreds of thousands of new book titles being produced annually.
Adoption of ISBN-13 is a necessary process for all aspects of the book industry; as Laura Dawson of LJNDawson.com states "by January 1, 2007, most trading in the book industry will be done in ISBN-13. Therefore if a company isn’t ready to trade in 13 digits, that company might find itself without trading partners."
Dawson, a consultant to the publishing sector who has worked with the Book Industry Study Group to bring attention to the approaching deadline is cited in an article from industry-standard ‘Publisher’s Weekly" about a peripheral lassitude toward the change.
"The issue of the 13-digit ISBN is not just for the IT department…" (Full text article located here) Dawson directs those with questions or concerns on the move from 10 to 13 digits to the BISG website, where numerous resources have been provided for reference and download.
Lord, oh lord, what a riotous Friday. It began Thursday night with my phone ringing off the hook. This one heard it from that one who heard it from this other one - Michael Cairns has resigned from Bowker and will, in the grand tradition of Bowker presidents, be staying on in a consultant capacity.
This was, of course, confirmed by Bowker at the BISAC meeting on Friday morning. I was going to give this scoop to Shelf Awareness, but John’s taking Monday off. Thanks, John!
In other news…Stanley Greenfield’s been busy. He’s significantly expanding his business in China, which is positively thrilling, particularly in the STM market, as you might imagine. McGraw, Wiley, get in touch with . Waste no time.