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@nancyquinn Thanks for all the suggestions. I definitely should have included North Dallas Forty, in addition to the others you mentioned.
So, did you favorite team make it into the NFL playoffs this year? Alas, I'm a NY Jets fan, so enough said.
2 years, 2 months ago on 9 Books Every Football Fan Should Read
@belllindsay I think the conversations are much, much deeper than Twitter. In terms of the various platforms, G+ is more like Twitter than Facebook - since you can decide to circle anyone and you'll be able to see their public posts.
I also think the integration of Google Hangouts is well done. I've participated in a variety of Hangouts (video chats), but I also routinely now use private Hangouts for video chats with clients.
The G+ audience is very international, and I like that exposure to different people and different POVs.
If you're interested, I would suggest that you try G+ consistently for a month before giving up completely. Now that G+ has communities, look for some communities around your interests and join those.
I created a Quilting community the first day that communities were available on G+, we're now 150+ members and there's lots of great conversations. (Yep, I'm a rare male quilter :) ).
Finally, Google is intently using G+ to develop AuthorRank - the next iteration of search technology. AuthorRank will eventually have a huge impact on SEO, and that's something to consider as well.
See these articles for more:
2 years, 3 months ago on Reflections on Change: Why I Left Twitter for Facebook
I prefer Google+ over both Twitter and Facebook.
I've shared that Love, Actually video several times this year via social media. I love that movie and re-watch it every year in December.
And the Little Drummer Boy video is amazing.
2 years, 3 months ago on Gin and Topics: Christmas, Sports Fans, and Procrastination
@skooloflife I'm a long time listener. I may not have listened to every show in the archive - but I'm pretty close :)
2 years, 4 months ago on How to Build a Publishing Empire with Colin Wright
I enjoyed this interview a lot. I'm surprised that more legacy publishers don't pursue his portfolio strategy for their best-selling writers. Some do, but it's more of putting one book on sale temporarily instead of a tiered system as Colin described in the interview.
In the past 2.5 years, I've published 40+ books electronically (not my own writing), so I'm always interested in hearing what others are doing on these eBook platforms.
@bookoisseur I can't wait to check out the next time I'm in NYC.
2 years, 5 months ago on Specialist NY Book Shop Launches Save The Scifi Campaign
@pubcentral Totally agree. I've got hundreds of 1950s and 60s sci-fi paperbacks, but a lot of times I don't bother reading them because no matter how well cared for, they collect dust and other crap and trigger my allergies.
Plus, this is the perfect idea for eBooks. Every book ever written should be available for a new generation of readers - not lost forever on the shelves of used bookstores.
And, yes, I'm aware of all the copyright issues. Rights holders should obviously be involved and compensated for those new e-editions.
2 years, 7 months ago on Specialist NY Book Shop Launches Save The Scifi Campaign
That's great @jaletaclegg . Good to hear that these are so familiar :)
2 years, 7 months ago on The Periodic Table Of Typefaces?
@EdwardSmith1 You're right Edward. eBooks has profoundly changed self-publishing. There is no barrier to entry any longer. And, as long as you're publishing quality material and marketing it correctly, you can compete with traditional publishers.
2 years, 8 months ago on 4 Originally Self-Published Books To Shut Up the Haters
@ginidietrich I don't know the profit/loss on those papers either. It'd be interesting. Obviously, newspapers aren't the cash cows they once were, but they're not dead yet.
2 years, 9 months ago on The Future of Journalism from Warren Buffet’s Viewpoint
I think I'm the cynic in this conversation. And, I don't say this to criticize Buffett. I've read multiple bios of Buffett and his partner Charlie Munger.
Unfortunately, I don't think Buffett is doing these deals to save journalism - local or otherwise. If you look at Buffett's modus operandi from the past. He is attracted to companies that in his words - "throw off cash." Are newspapers as profitable as they once were? We all know that's not the case.
I think Buffett is doing this strictly for the cash that he can milk out of these businesses in the next 10-15 years. He probably calculates that local newspapers will still attract advertising from places like local car dealerships - companies that have resisted digital kicking and screaming - and other local businesses (coupons for local restaurants or cleaners who have decided to forgo Groupon).
Buffett won't invest much money at all. He'll pay entry level salaries for journalists to spend 1-2 years cutting their teeth writing about micro-local content to fill the editorial hole. And Buffett will siphon as much cash as he can from these newspapers to invest elsewhere within Berkshire Hathaway. There certainly may be some paywall experiments along the way, but Buffett is certainly not going to pour money into technology experiments if they don't bear immediate fruit.
And, if the newspaper model crashes and burns 20 years down the road, Buffett will have had the cash in the meantime that he's extracted from these companies.
Again, not saying this to criticize Buffett. I think he's a genius business person. But this is what I came up with when I tried to figure out his business reasoning for these purchases.