Why aren’t business books shorter?

Image: Could some of these be shorter?    Why are nonfiction books, business books in particular not shorter? Or available to buy in sections or by the chapter? In their book Big Data: A Revolution… – my most quoted of the last few months – Cukier and Mayer-Schonberger discuss the huge, unexploited stores of data…… Continue reading Why aren’t business books shorter?

E-book self-publishing tempts authors large and small

Seth Godin says that he’s going to publish his next book himself. Rather than sending his next manuscript to his publisher he told the Wall Street Journal he is going to hire an editor and a designer to format the book and then he’d be on his way: “After those fixed costs, your idea is…… Continue reading E-book self-publishing tempts authors large and small

iPad first impressions

Like most of the world, it seemed, I was perfectly prepared to offer an opinion on the iPad without having ever seen one. Like most of the pre-launch “analysis” I’m not sure I added much of value to the discussion around it, other than to caution that we will have to wait and see what…… Continue reading iPad first impressions

Online media: Finding balance between stock & flow

I’m grateful to Lloyd Shepherd for the point to a post by Robin Sloan called Stock & Flow. Recalling studying for his degree in economics, Robin recalls: There are two kinds of quantities in the world. Stock is a sta­tic value: money in the bank, or trees in the for est. Flow is a rate…… Continue reading Online media: Finding balance between stock & flow