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Digging up a 15-year old speech, and a lesson in preservation

Publishing industry consultant, Mike Shatzkin, talks about a 15 year old speech of his that he found in his father's papers.

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One thing I’ve heard often and dismissed is that we need print to preserve intellectual property. I figure that digital files are less destructible than paper and that, with any care at all, it should be possible to create more reliable preservation of bits than of atoms.

I still think that. However…

A month ago I was helping my sister clean out some of the old files of my father’s (now gone over eight years, but it takes a while to get around to this stuff.) Among his papers, I found the hard copy of a speech I had delivered at a VISTA Conference (VISTA is now a company called Publishing Technology) in November of 1995. As I started to read it, I realized I hadn’t seen it in a long time. I checked and it wasn’t on my web site. I checked further and it wasn’t in my hard drive.

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What ‘Fact-Checking’ Means Online

If the Web has changed what qualifies as fact-checking, has it also changed what qualifies as a fact?

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"Professional Silos: Don’t Reinvent the Wheel!"

Leala Abbott has a new discussion posted about reinvention of the wheel within the knowledge ecology. In her discussions she raises the point that technology has changed the landscape enough that the silo known as LIS may not best contain the knowledge and experience needed to succeed today.

AT&T Move on Charging for Data Signals a Shift

AT&T will not offer unlimited data plans to new smartphone customers, who will pay based on what they use.

They spend hours watching video on their phones, downloading songs, browsing the Web, sending photos to friends and generally using mobile devices as full-fledged computers. They are the data hogs.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/03/technology/03phone.html?hp

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What will be the big digital issues in January 2011?

Publishing consultant Mike Shatzkin has a blog entry entitled: What will be the big digital issues in January 2011?

Here are some of the points discussed:
1. What’s going to be in an ebook?
3. To what extent will publishers view single-title marketing as a practical endeavor?
5. How important is the mobile phone market?

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Zed's Dead - Law, Finance, and the Future of Online Publishing

This is a two-part essay on the future of online publishing in the US. In this essay, I argue that professional publishing companies such as Thomson Reuters and Bloomberg hold the keys to the future of the news and information industry, far more than do technology companies such as Google. The goal of this essay is to offer a plausible roadmap for navigating the toughest business challenges facing the news and information publishing industries in the digital age.

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The Race Against Lord Mandelson

While you might not think so, the starter's pistol has metaphorically gone off.

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