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Bill Frank's Blog – July 2009 Archive (4)

Opportunites for Savvy Publishers

In the 20th Century, the American book market grew to be the world’s largest (with over 33% of total books sold) because of superior titles. From Fitzgerald and Hemingway to Kerouac to Tom Peters, publishers produced new titles so compelling that readers had to have them. In the decade of the 2000s, however, more and more books were published (thanks to POD and short-run, digital printing) and quality was negatively impacted. In 2008, over 400,000 new titles were introduced—many of them were… Continue

Added by Bill Frank on July 28, 2009 at 5:00am — 2 Comments

One in a Million

Here's an interesting—and disturbing—thought. If you live in China and are one in a million, it means there are 1,300 others just like you.

Added by Bill Frank on July 22, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

The Future of the Book?

You must see this video from France on the future of the book. It shows some pretty interesting ideas of what that future might be.

I'm not sure I agree with the idea that traditional books will become simply objets d'art.

They say there's nothing new under the sun. Compare the French book video to one done by Apple Computer… Continue

Added by Bill Frank on July 20, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

The 1/9/90 Rule

Since writing a Forum on Book Marketing Network, I’ve noticed a change in the old 80/20 Rule (Pareto’s Law). Pareto’s Law, written by an Italian economist, states that 20% of a population generates 80% of (fill in the blank). For example, 20% of the US population pays 80% of the income taxes or 20% of the world population consumes 80% of the world’s resources.

It appears the new paradigm created by the rise of the Internet (and confirmed by my observations with my Forum) is 1/9/90.… Continue

Added by Bill Frank on July 19, 2009 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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