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By Porter Anderson | @Porter_Anderson
In a “60 Minutes Overtime” package of outtakes from the main segment, in fact, you can hear Bezos talking—as if from far outside pubishing, outside books—about 96 fulfillment centers which, he tells Rose, are now in a seventh iteration in the company’s constant bid for faster distribution.
In response to the keenly orchestrated moves of the fulfillment center floor and the incessant, gentle beeps of bar-code scanners at work, Bezos tells Rose:
It’s a symphony of people. It’s a symphony of software. It’s a symphony of robots now we’re starting to put into place.
And for those of us in publishing, it becomes all the more important to repeat these three lines from interview in which Bezos does look at booksellers’ struggles:
Complaining is not a strategy. Amazon is not happening to book-selling; the future is happening to book-selling.
Read the full post: PublishingPerspectives.com
Start Writing With Q2 Music (now)
Any questions? Tweet me at @Porter_Anderson. My colleague Roz Morris, a Q2-savvy writer and author of My Memories of a Future Life, has a weekly essay on music from a working author: Undercover Soundtrack.
There’s a picturesque loneliness that invades the mind when enough negative focus converges, as in the opening of Samuel Barber’s Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance. Caleb Burhans’ initial concentration on a few phrases is overtaken by a walking bass under an ironic theme.
Here is a list of my most recent writings, newest at the top.
Click on the bold headline in the center of a listing to jump to the story.
WRITER UNBOXED | Wins Without Losses | PROVOCATIONS IN PUBLISHING
ETHER FOR AUTHORS | United We Divide | PUBLISHING PERSPECTIVES
THE WRITING PLATFORM | Aerial Performance: Other People’s Audiences
ETHER FOR AUTHORS | Author Solutions Lawsuit | PUBLISHING PERSPECTIVES
WRITING ON THE ETHER | Are Your Books’ Covers Sexist? | JANEFRIEDMAN.COM
WRITING ON THE ETHER | Agents at the Coalface | JANEFRIEDMAN.COM
ETHER FOR AUTHORS | Establishment Snipes Back | PUBLISHING PERSPECTIVES
Come into my platform:Said the Online Retailer to the Entrepreneurial Author
And then your book disappears. The cautionary tale of Kobo in the UK when WHSmith didn’t like some ebooks.
Test It: Are your Books’ Covers Sexist?
Author Maureen Johnson takes us to a neighborhood of that ubiquitous, sexist cover smooch — Shirtless Men Kissing Beautiful Women.
Food pictures are pretty hard to interpret as anything but Face Down at the Me-Pond. And “In case you missed it?” #Cmonson.
Might not an author fall into emphasizing platforming over writing, thus slipping into a “shadow career?”
To praise someone’s work on Twitter, try getting beyond “fab,” “great,” “super,” and “must read.” Put your vocabulary into it.
Join me at Rachelle Gardner’s site for Get a Grip on Twitter Handles.
A great way for a platforming author to approach Twitter: as a language.