The future of newspapers (and the $100 I’m going to take from Jose Leal)

I have a bet.

For some time now, at least a year, I’ve been offering this wager: $100 says 10 years from now, I’ll be able to buy a newspaper out of a rack on the street. Jose Leal has taken me up on the bet, and this post will serve as the record. I also have it marked on calendar: July 21, 2018.

Shel HoltzThis all came about when I left a comment to a post by Mitch Joel. Mitch reported on Google CEO Eric Schmidt’s grave forecast for the newspaper business. It has become a given in some circles that newspapers will soon be a relic of a bygone era. To me, that’s just another variation on the never-ending stream of “(fill in the blank) is dead”… Read More »

POD-published book honored

My friend and colleague, Terry Fallis, has been honored with the 2008 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour. The honor was presented for Terry’s book, “The Best Laid Plans.”

I knew Terry had made it to the short list, but found out today, via Joe Thornley’s blog, that he had won. (Joe and Terry run Thornley-Fallis Public Relations, and Terry is the co-host of the excellent Inside PR podcast.) This is gratifying on a number of levels. First, it’s a terrific book. Second, Terry richly deserves the honor. But I’m particularly tickled because Terry used a Print-On-Demand (POD) shop to publish the book when he couldn’t get any attention from a… Read More »

Print still rocks, especially when you can do it yourself

Back in February, I got involved in a kerfuffle kicked off by a Los Angeles writer named Lee Goldberg. In the post, Goldberg launched a pretty savage attack on Yvonne DiVita, who happens to be my book agent. Yvonne represented Neville and me with “How to Do Everything with Podcasting,” and she’s representing John C. Havens and me with the upcoming book, “Practical Transparency.” She’s also a prolific blogger. We first met at the first New Communications Forum in 2005.

Yvonne also has a business helping people produce books using a process called Print On Demand, or POD. Remarkable advances in printing technology have enabled POD, which… Read More »

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