Posts Tagged 'future'

The new dynamics of book publishing

iPad Blog as a book

The biggest threat facing all authors and publishers
is obscurity, not piracy.

– Mark Coker, Founder of Smashwords citing
Rodrigo Paranhos Velloso (Google Brasil)

What is an author and a publisher in the digital age?

The former is easy to answer; someone who creates. A writer, a novelist, a poet, a law maker, a painter, software engineer. But what is a publisher? Simply put, one who makes something public.

Publishing has changed dramatically with the advent of email and then text messaging, websites, blogs, twitter and now ebooks. Each of these platforms enables us to reach more and more people with our content. this has dramatically disrupted the traditional publishing industry much like

So who is the publisher?

You. The role of publisher has moved from the traditional model of a company or press that reproduces an author’s printed content for public distribution.

For the solopreneur or writer, its publishing your novel via twitter, a blog, and a print on demand service like Lulu, Createspace, Blurb or Scribd. Creation and mass public distribution has never before existed on the scale as it does today.

The author of today is the publisher.

What are you publishing?

Hear Seth Godin’s presentation on the new dynamics of book publishing.

Read Mark Coker’s, Founder of Smashwords, 7 Secrets to eBook Success.


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Will the calendar of the future schedule appointments for you?

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The folks at Tungle, the online social calendar service, made an impressive video documentary with social media luminaries and technology thought leaders about the calendar of the future.

Tungle Calendar of the Future video documentary
The video presents conversations with Robert Scoble, Ellen Levy of LinkedIN, Doug Dodge of Google, and others envisioning how the next generation calendar should function in regards to optimizing our lives and work.

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Vinton Cerf: The connected world of 2050

“This sort of immersion goes two ways:
we become immersed in it but the computers
that are a part of our world also become immersed
in our real world.”

-Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google

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Pittsburgh City Paper Pict Tells All: Barack Obama at G20 Summit

Pittsburgh City Paper highlight Pres. Obama and the G20 Summitt

After watching Eric Schmidt‘s futuristic vision for technology and the economy at the G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, I was struck by this image today.

Hmmm? President Obama dressed as William Shakespeare?
Or as Shakespeare’s Jaque in “As You Like It“?
Or the great explorer, Ferdinand Magellan, describing his bold vision of a new world?

Which ever it may be, I love this image From the Pittsburgh City Newspaper website.

I fancy the thought of portraying President Barack Obama playing Shakespeare conjuring his own Jacques!

All the world’s a stage

And all the men and women merely are merely players.

Image from Pittsburgh City Paper Newspaper.

So what do you think?
Obama as Shakespeare or Magellan: What’s Your vote?

Amos White is an Social Media Marketing Evangelist and public speaker.
Follow Amos on Twitter @Mos42

Want to See Your Future? Storyboard it!

How do you envision your future?
Young boy stands gazing in field at kites dancing in the clouds.
Do you use strategic planning? Getting Things Done? Do you follow the principles of “The Secret” or leave yourself Post-It notes?

One way to achieving your future goals or even changing your future life position is to storyboard it or to create a vision board.

Technical Writer Avi Solomon presents a creative perspective to visualize one’s future into reality through storyboarding. The storyboard got its start in scripting  story lines in comic books and is widely used to depict a conceptual development like movie stories or advertisement commercials.

Much like a vision board presents a collage of imagery of a projected future outcome, a storyboard is used to form a pictoral narrative in sketching or drawing the possible outcomes you want to achieve in your life.

Anyone can create a storyboard with the intention of changing their future life position or situation focusing on desired visual imagery. With storyboarding, Solomon focus on the Pareto Principle, the 80/20 rule, suggesting we focus on the 20% of the meaningful events in one’s life. Read more on “Storyboard Your Life.”

For more strategies on changing future outcomes, see my previous post.


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