Category Archives: Economics of publishing

Making money out of publishing? A portfolio approach

Last week (‘Making money out of publishing’, 1st August) I suggested that, if one believes that large multinationals in publishing are cash cows, the rational thing would be to invest in them. My own company, The Professional and Higher Partnership,

Making money out of publishing? A portfolio approach

Last week (‘Making money out of publishing’, 1st August) I suggested that, if one believes that large multinationals in publishing are cash cows, the rational thing would be to invest in them. My own company, The Professional and Higher Partnership,

Making money out of publishing

In almost every conversation I have with fellow publishers at the moment it seems the issue of Amazon comes up. By ‘issue’ I mean the fact that Amazon has become, for most publishers, the dominant customer account and it doesn’t

Making money out of publishing

In almost every conversation I have with fellow publishers at the moment it seems the issue of Amazon comes up. By ‘issue’ I mean the fact that Amazon has become, for most publishers, the dominant customer account and it doesn’t

The high street: the failure of Mary Portas

When The Portas Review, a report on the UK’s high streets, was published, I wrote the critique below. This week Portas is speaking to a House of Commons select committee. She is reported to be disappointed that the policies that

The high street: the failure of Mary Portas

When The Portas Review, a report on the UK’s high streets, was published, I wrote the critique below. This week Portas is speaking to a House of Commons select committee. She is reported to be disappointed that the policies that

Making deals, stupid

One of the authors I work with is Tony Robinson OBE, co-founder of Enterprise Rockers and guru on micro-enterprise. Earlier this year we were discussing the question of what single skill most defined a successful entrepreneur. Yes, it’s an old

Making deals, stupid

One of the authors I work with is Tony Robinson OBE, co-founder of Enterprise Rockers and guru on micro-enterprise. Earlier this year we were discussing the question of what single skill most defined a successful entrepreneur. Yes, it’s an old

Lessons from a printer’s demise: the case of MPG Biddles:

For several reasons – outlined in my post on print procurement (1 Nov 2012) – MPG Biddles were a good supplier to have. Which makes it a shame that they are going into administration (for news of which, see PrintWeek‘s article here).

Lessons from a printer’s demise: the case of MPG Biddles:

For several reasons – outlined in my post on print procurement (1 Nov 2012) – MPG Biddles were a good supplier to have. Which makes it a shame that they are going into administration (for news of which, see PrintWeek‘s article here).

How much does creative investment contribute to the economy?

In my review of John Howkins, The creative economy (4 Feb 2011), I explained how   Howkins tells the story of the development of a young guitarist called Tom. Howkins asks when the guitarist could be said to have been working and

How much does creative investment contribute to the economy?

In my review of John Howkins, The creative economy (4 Feb 2011), I explained how   Howkins tells the story of the development of a young guitarist called Tom. Howkins asks when the guitarist could be said to have been working and

On non-fiction micro-publishing

I’m delighted to say I’ve been interviewed by Kirsty Fox of the Bees Make Honey Creative Co-operative, who publish one of my favourite websites on  creative industries.  The interview, which includes questions on such issues as finance, Amazon’s dominance, and

On non-fiction micro-publishing

I’m delighted to say I’ve been interviewed by Kirsty Fox of the Bees Make Honey Creative Co-operative, who publish one of my favourite websites on  creative industries.  The interview, which includes questions on such issues as finance, Amazon’s dominance, and