Joe Wikert

Are content curators becoming more important than content creators?

By Joe Wikert
August 3, 2015 // 2 Comments

I’m sure most of you bristle at the thought of curators being more valuable than creators. After all, the former have no job without the latter. I agree, but it’s not as if the content creation population is declining. In fact, that number only increases every month, and that’s what’s [...]

Better than a book cover: Geo-based P2P to let people know what you’re reading—and maybe even share content

By Joe Wikert
July 25, 2015 // 3 Comments

The smartwatch movement inspired me recently, which is surprising because I haven’t worn a watch since I started carrying a smartphone many years ago. I’m about as far as you can get from being a fashionista and I liken a watch to other obsolete single-use devices like the GPS. I doubt I’ll [...]

A hearty ‘Welcome back’ to Joe Wikert: An e-book-hip publishing pro returns to TeleRead as a contributing writer

By David Rothman
July 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Welcome back to Joe Wikert—a past TeleRead contributor with sterling credentials in both old-time publishing and the e-book variety. Starting today, TeleRead will again be running his authoritative posts. Joe is director of strategy and business development at Olive Software, which serves the [...]

TeleRead selected as an Essential Site for Voracious Readers

By Dan Eldridge
February 22, 2013 // 2 Comments

TeleRead was the recipient of a rather flattering honor earlier this week. On Wednesday, we were informed that we’d been featured on the just-published list of 100 Essential Sites for Voracious Readers, which is curated by Masters in English, “a site dedicated to helping students find [...]

Can You Force a Customer to Buy Print Instead of E?

By Joe Wikert
July 19, 2012 // 2 Comments

Thats the question I kept asking myself as I read a report called The Impact of Ebook Distribution on Print Sales: Analysis of a Natural Experiment by Jeff Hu and Mike Smith. Youll notice that the report was originally written a couple of years ago but I believe the results would be the same [...]

"Lightweight" DRM isn't the answer, says O'Reilly's Joe Wikert

By Paul Biba
June 28, 2012 // 0 Comments

From O’Reilly Radar comes this open letter written by Joe Wikert: To: Bill McCoy, IDPF Executive DirectorFrom: Joe Wikert, GM & Publisher, O’Reilly Media, Inc.Subject: “Lightweight” DRM Isn’t the Answer The world doesn’t need another DRM platform, regardless [...]

Why advertising could become Amazon's knockout punch

By Joe Wikert
May 21, 2012 // 7 Comments

It all started harmlessly enough with Amazon’s Kindle with Special Offers. That’s the cheaper Kindle that displays ads when the device is in sleep mode or at the bottom of the screen when paging through the owner’s catalog of books. It is very unobtrusive and, since it lowered the [...]

B&Ns Nook with GlowLight: Why I Still Use an eInk eReader

By Joe Wikert
May 7, 2012 // 1 Comment

My new eInk reader, B&Ns Nook with GlowLight, arrived last Thursday. I’m winding down my use of a Kindle Touch and wanted to move to another ebook retailers platform going forward. This, of course, is a major headache since I’ve already bought dozens of DRM-protected ebooks from [...]

B&N and Microsoft: why it's not about ebooks

By Paul Biba
May 1, 2012 // 7 Comments

Microsoft’s $300 million investment in B&N’s digital businessis about more than ebooks. Much more. Or at least I hope so. Success in this venture will not be measured by sales of ebooks. Microsoft should instead use this as an opportunity to create an end-to-end consumer experience [...]

Thoughts on eBook Pricing

By Joe Wikert
March 13, 2012 // 2 Comments

With all the buzz about the agency model, the Justice Department, allegations of collusion, etc., I figure the time is right for a post about ebook pricing. Here are some quick thoughts as both a consumer and a publisher: Eliminating waste is always a good thing — Walmart has mastered this [...]

Kindle Fire – lessons learned

By Paul Biba
January 10, 2012 // 4 Comments

I don’t regret spending the $200 I paid Amazon for my Kindle Fire. I tried it out and decided it wasn’t for me, so I gave it to my daughter instead. Even though I no longer use the Fire I wanted to share the things I learned about the device and myself over the past several weeks. [...]

What if Every eBook Could be Returned for a Full Refund…At Any Time?

By libertyc
November 8, 2011 // 22 Comments

Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has been getting a lot of buzz since it was announced last week, and rightfully so. I posted my own thoughts about it as a publisher on the O’Reilly Radar blog; click here to read my opinion and the community feedback. Some supporters of the [...]

What good are ebook “daily deals” & other deep discounts?

By libertyc
September 19, 2011 // 7 Comments

I admit it. I check Amazon’s Kindle Daily Deal every day. Every single day. Why? As a publisher I’m curious to see what they’re offering and as a consumer I don’t want to miss out on a great deal. (In the spirit of full disclosure, at O’Reilly Media we offer an ebook [...]

Porous paywalls and book publishing

By libertyc
August 15, 2011 // 0 Comments

Felix Salmon recently wrote an article talking about how the New York Times paywall is working because it’s porous. He contrasts that to other paywalled sites who haven’t enjoyed the same success as the Times. As I read Salmon’s article I was thinking less about pourus vs. rigid [...]

Kindle Cloud Reader: First impressions

By libertyc
August 10, 2011 // 2 Comments

Apple forces Amazon to remove their in-app purchase button from the Kindle app and Amazon complies. Meanwhile, Amazon was obviously developing their HTML5-based Kindle Cloud Reader for all platforms. Advantage, Amazon! If Apple ever had any hope of grabbing 30% of all Kindle content sales taking [...]

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