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  • Published: Apr 26th, 2009
  • Category: Music
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Tommy

In 2006 The Smithereens did something really unique – they did a covers album. Actually, they covered an album. The Smithereens recorded the Beatles breakthrough album, Meet The Beatles, from the first track through the last. Meet the Smithereens is a fun romping and wonderful re-imagining of the spirit of the early Liverpool Beatles as heard through the power-pop chords and Marshall amps of New Jersey’s Smithereens.
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  • Published: Apr 15th, 2009
  • Category: Books
  • Comments: 12

Discounts Must Align to Risks

To be perfectly clear, this blog is not sanctioned by, endorsed by, or even remotely associated with Oxford University Press, my fantastic employer. What I say here is my opinion and my opinion alone.

In my inaugural post, Why Ebooks Must Fail, I promised to follow up by exploring a variety of business models I believe could work in the long run for publishers of all sizes and shapes. This is the first part of a 3-part series in which I propose changes and new initiatives for ebooks that, I believe, will help ensure that ebooks don’t fail.
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  • Published: Apr 11th, 2009
  • Category: Books
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Book Advances

MICHAEL MEYER has a piece in the Sunday NY Times book review section entitled “About That Book Advance …“. While it logically has the perspective of an author, it does point out some of the issues associated with the predominant model in current trade publishing.
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  • Published: Apr 6th, 2009
  • Category: Music
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Bang the DRM Slowly…

Two weeks ago on NPR’s All Things Considered I had a brief sound bite about DRM (Digital Rights Management) and the music industry. What you didn’t get to hear was the larger point I was trying to pull together – which is that DRM is not bad, nor is it good. It is like any tool, only as good (or bad) as it is implemented.
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