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Death of Print (Vol. 79): Weekly High Five

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.

Weekly High Five lists the most interesting, compelling, and/or useful links of each week.  This week’s theme looks (tongue in cheek) at the “Death of Print.” I kid because I love. Print isn’t dead (or dying) but it is getting beaten to within an inch of its life and is going to need some serious cosmetic surgery after the beating is over.

#5: Changes to the Marketing Budget Landscape in 2011

I can hear the newspapers, magazines, telemarketers, and radio stations now – “Nothing to see here. Move along.” This chart from MarketingSherpa is about as surprising as the sun rising in the morning and shows that 2011 is going to be another year for the trees to rejoice.

Organizations increasing and decreasing marketing budgets

Link: MarketingSherpa

#4: Amazon’s e-book sales beat paperbacks

More good news for trees was revealed with Amazon’s earnings report last week, when they reported that they are selling more Kindle e-books than paperbacks.

Link: USA Today

#3: Ebooks Hit the Big Time With Amazon Singles and TEDBooks

This announcement from Amazon came out just days before they revealed the e-book vs. paperback sales figures. It’s a long-awaited move by Amazon to get their paws on the exploding popularity of self-published e-books. By lending credibility and “gravitas” to this category of books, the publishing world continues to transform itself.

Link: Hubspot

#2: How ready is the publishing industry for 2011?

This presentation by Forrester for Digital Book World (DBW) presents some figures that show how publishers are preparing themselves for the “printpocalypse.”

Link: Slideshare

#1: Digital Book World: Content>Consumer; Tweet Notes, Wrap-Up

Bob Mayer is a NY Times Best-Selling multi-published author. He is a West Point graduate, served in the Infantry and Special Forces (Green Beret) commanding an A-Team and as a Special Forces operations officer, and was an instructor at Fort Bragg. In this blog post, he takes exception to some assertions made at Digital Book World and offers some interesting insight and predictions about the future of books and book stores.

Link: Write It Forward

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  • Glad you enjoyed our post reference Digital Book World. It just seems like nothing new is going on– business as usual, until implosion, like Borders.

    • I read an article from my local newspaper today that interviewed two local, independent book store owners. One was a fifth generation owner who insisted e-books would never overtake printed books saying, “It won’t happen on my watch.” I had visions of Dana Carvey’s grumpy guy character yelling, “In my day, we had tendinitis from carrying around stacks of books and paid more for library late charges than we did for coffee. That was the way it was, and we liked it that way!” The other book owner was embracing e-books and seemed to have read your articles suggesting that book stores need to create experiences around reading books (and e-books) in addition to selling them.

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