Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Category: buisness

Where Is the Reader?

My write-up of Tools of Change for Publishing Conference, over at the Book Oven Blog: I’m back from TOC and still mulling over the problems, and maybe some solutions to problems in the publishing business. There are lots, but a fundamental problem seems to be that most publishing houses have never had much to do […]

Interview at Allentrepreneur

Allentrepreneur has just posted an interview with moi: Allentrepreneur: Welcome to Allentrepreneur Hugh and thanks for taking the time to talk. You’ve got quite a start-up resume to your name. LibriVox.org, earideas.com, datalibre.ca and your latest one, The Book Oven, which has me particularly curious since I’m a book junkie. Could you give us an […]

Canada’s New Media Corridor

From Michael Geist: The federal government has announced plans to spend over $10 million to establish a “Corridor for Advancing Canadian Digital Media” from Stratford to Kitchener. Coming on the heels of the Nortel bankruptcy, this initiative reinforces the tech shift westward from Ottawa to Waterloo. While tech leadership once resided with Nortel, JDS, Corel, […]

Bookcamp: The Books Are All Right

[x-posted at Book Oven & Huffpo] As the death watch continues for the publishing business and perhaps even the book itself, a group of writers, technologists, publishers, agents, designers, booksellers, and social architects convened in London for BookCamp, a one-day thinking session (bookish experimentation) about what the future of the written word might be. The […]

What If the Book Business Collapses

[X-posted at Huffpo & Book Oven] Question: What would happen if, tomorrow, every publisher, and every book store, went out of business? What would you do? The Big Stores About fifteen years ago I walked into my first of the new breed of big book stores, Chapters in Toronto. I thought to myself: how can […]

Bookkake – Print-On-Demand Publisher

[cross-posted at the Book Oven Blog] Bookkake, is “an entirely print-on-demand, and web-oriented, publisher,” launched by James Birdle. Either he’s a pervert, or a good marketer, but he’s starting with … well, let’s call them saucy books. Interestingly his first batch of books are all old classics, and out of copyright, such as John Cleland’s […]

yulbooks2.0

Michael Geist has an article in the Toronto Star about Canadian book 2.0 projects. The two projects cited are Evan’s Wikitravel Press, and LibriVox. About Wikitravel Press, says he: For example, Wikitravel, one of the Internet’s most acclaimed travel websites, was launched in 2003 by Montreal residents Evan Prodromou and Michele Ann Jenkins. Using the […]

amazon buys audible for $300M

News from the commercial side of audiobooks, amazon dishes out 300 smackers for audible.com. quick calculation: -the article indicates that audible’s catalog is roughly 90,000 works -@$300M for the kit, that’s about 3k/title -so that makes librivox’s donation to the universe roughly worth (in grubby capitalist terms): 1200*3000 = $3.6 million. let’s discount by 50% […]

a standout job

Montreal movers/shakers Ben and Fred have officially launched Standoutjobs Reception, with a little help from their friend Austin. Here’s what it is: The product is called RECEPTION. It’s a suite of web-based tools to power your online recruiting efforts. At its core you’ll find a do-it-yourself, interactive Career Site. The idea is to give companies […]

saving newspapers, one post at a time

I wrote a long piece partially about how newspapers might be able to save themselves, a while back. Here’s another thought: advertising is where newspapers make their money, with local ads and classified making up a big percentage of the dough. What if newspapers leveraged their existing ad networks, to build a localized advertising platform […]