Category Archives: Writing

Amazon’s Low Price Business Model

Here is a video by Colin Robinson on how Amazon’s drive to become the worlds’ largest book seller and its business tactics to get the lowest price has negative consequences for writers, publishers, and consumers.

Thenation.com video link

Since its launch 15 years ago Amazon has grown to be, by some margin, the largest bookseller in the world. According to its founder Jeff Bezos, this ascent has been achieved by giving customers what they want: convenience, wide choice and low, low prices.

Of course everyone likes the availability of two million books on the site. And who could complain about discounts of 50% or more on bestsellers? But look beneath the surface and a less rosy picture emerges. It turns out that the way Amazon does business can be seriously damaging for the health of publishers, authors and, yes, those beloved customers too.

http://www.thenation.com/video/37426/commentary-colin-robinson-amazons-bad-business

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Wordpress Book Publishing

Here is a site that is creating a WordPress for publishing books:
http://toc.oreilly.com/2010/05/-wordpress-as-book-publishing.html

And the site that mentions it: http://scholarlykitchen.sspnet.org/2010/05/26/blogging-software-as-a-disruptive-publishing-tool-is-there-anything-it-cant-do/

101 Ways to Promote a Blog

This was originally posted by David Turnbull who was a guest writer at Dailyblogtips.com. Below are the first 9 suggestions for promoting a blog followed by the other categories that David includes.  (Read the original post)

Promoting a new blog can be quite daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. As you might expect, breaking down blog promotion into small, actionable tasks eliminates the mental road block you’ve probably experienced when trying to wrap you head around how to get people’s attention. You don’t have to do everything in this list, and some items will have a greater effect then others, but every tactic will at least drive some traffic, and any traffic is better than no traffic.

Content
1. Write a list of over 100+ resources or ideas.
2. Write the definitive guide to something. Spend time making this awesome.
3. Release a manifesto.
4. Release 2 manifestos.
5. Interview cool people. People like talking about cool people.
6. After your articles are indexed in search engines, break them up into smaller articles and submit them to ezinearticles.com (and other article directories).
7. Or just pay someone to submit the articles for you.
8. Write a list of all the cool blogs and people in your niche.
9. Check out the most popular content on high trafficked blogs. Create similar content but applied to your own niche.

Other topics covered in David’s blog include: Facebook, Fundamentals of blogging, Online Video, Other Blogs, Paid (publicity, etc.), People (audience), Podcasting (sound), Search engine optimization, Social network use, plus resources to know such as StumbleUpon, Su.pr, Twitter, and WordPress.