Posts Tagged ‘dm’

Independent Publishers: Who Needs Them?

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

On reading John Naughton‘s article ‘Publishers take note: the iPad is altering the very concept of a ‘book’‘ in the Observer last month, it occurred to me some interesting questions were being raised.

“There will always be “books”. The question now is: will there always be publishers?” was one that particularly stood out, as you can imagine. I suppose to fully answer this question we need to first fully analyse what it is exactly publishers (like ourselves) do. (more…)

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Toot-Tweet or not Toot-Tweet

Sunday, December 19th, 2010

I wish I could be excited about the social media machine. I wish I could care about Tweeting and Liking. The useless thoughts of my mate sat in a queue. In Tesco car park. A link here, a link there. Read this, read that. This is my status. I need you to know. Exactly what I’m thinking. You need me to know. We don’t need to know. Anything. (more…)

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PJ Harvey and the Internet Bride

Saturday, December 4th, 2010

I’m a massive PJ Harvey fan, to the point where I would say that, despite my current longterm committed relationship (sorry, my dear), if she were to arrive at my door and ask for a cup of sugar, a love child and an Elvis themed wedding in Gretna Green, I would say “hmmm” followed by “yeah go on then”.

Music is power. Which is what led me to investigate the PJ Harvey MySpace page a few months back, where I was surprised to see the following advertisement: (more…)

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Will the World Wide Web ever be Worldly?

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

So I’m about to publish my blog article on the World Wide Web for the world to see – the internet is undoubtedly a phenomenal publishing medium with an unparalleled reach. It is now possible for the idle thoughts of an idle blogger to be published and viewed at almost exactly the same speed (if fancy Content Delivery Networks are utilised) in New Malden as it is in say, New Guinea. (more…)

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The Independent’s Bold Statement

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

The Independent’s catchy tagline ‘Free From Proprietorial Influence’ is certainly a brave promise to feature at the top of a national newspaper.

The Independent is owned by Russian oligarch Alexander Lebedev – the 488th richest person in the world according to Forbes.com. Lebedev also owns a 75.1% share in the Evening Standard newspaper which he acquired from the Daily Mail and General Trust back in 2009. (more…)

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Choose Your Own iPhone Adventure

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

News that the Choose Your Own Adventure Series (the ‘80s book phenomenon that allowed children to jump to whichever end they liked the look of) has been launched as an iTunes application came as somewhat of a non-shock.

First published by Bantam Books from 1979-98, the new editions are currently being re-published by Magnetism Studios and ChooseCo for the new iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad wielding crowd. (more…)

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Q Magazine’s Sponsored Glastonbury Review

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Q Magazine certainly enjoys a rather special relationship with Glastonbury Music Festival. Having secured the contract to produce both the official Glastonbury Programme 2010 and Glastonbury Review 2010 (to be distributed virtually as Stevie Wonder walked off stage on Sunday) such an affiliation can’t help but make readers wonder whether their music publication is worth the paper it’s printed on. (more…)

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