Forbes is reporting that “about a dozen news outlets” (including my employer) are preparing “app versions of [their content] that can be read and consumed right there on Facebook. … The first Facebook editions are expected to arrive later this year, perhaps in September.”
Implicit in this, I guess, is the conclusion that legions of people consume the world solely through Facebook. People, that is, who won’t bother to go to washingtonpost.com or even to click a hyperlink that takes them out of the FB garden. Interesting.
“The sales cycle of the typical popular book, for example, has a half-life of about two months. After two months, the book will probably have made half of all the sales it will make in its entire lifetime.”
– Seth Godin, “Half Life”
“Why, in fact, would anyone want to [write a book]? … Sales of print books in the U.S. peaked in 2005 and have been in steady decline since, according to publishers’ net revenue data reported to the Association of American Publishers. …
“[B]ook-writing is agony — slow, lonely, frustrating work that, unless you are a very rare exception, gets a lukewarm review (if any), reaches a few thousand people and lands on a remaindered shelf at Barnes & Noble.”
– Bill Keller, “Let’s Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them”
“If you follow one TV show or a dozen, TV Forecast is a great way to see if the next episode is new or a rerun.”
– Nevan Mrgan for his blog, on a new, overdue app. Too bad it’s iPad-only.
“The conversation always goes back to your top customers, and they would always take your eye off the ball. That’s really, I think, the fundamental disruption and what’s driving a lot of company failures: listening too closely to their best customers.”
– Horace Dediu on “Synchronized Failure,” an episode of 5by5.tv’s podcast “The Critical Path”*
* – The episode focuses on Nokia and RIM, and specifically their relationship with network providers. But Dediu’s statement rings true for many types of business.