Delayed response to the Sunday papers. Everyone is a Critic Now , the cover story for the Observer, turned out to be fair and balanced, even quite ok about the web. But then I noticed a bit at the end.
We live, then, in a new age of cultural populism – an age in which everyone is not only entitled to his opinion but is encouraged to share it. Nothing could be more American.
(What’s a springboard story? Storytelling guru Stephen Denning defines it as:
a story that enables a leap in understanding by the audience so as to grasp how an organization or community or complex system may change.http://www.stevedenning.com/Business-Narrative/springboard-story.aspx
The Obama version
Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik, we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon. The science wasn't there yet. NASA didn't even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs. This is our generation's Sputnik moment.
It seems to me that UK publishing is some time behind on all things digital. I did some searching to find that the Guardian did report Amazon numbers last Friday online. ( Kindle version outsells paperbacks, and hardbacks by factor of three) Still can't find this in Saturday print.
The comments seems to doubt the source for evidence of growth in ebook sales. I think there has been significant change in the USA for some time. Kindle is now available in the UK.
The main story is that the judges of the Man Booker prize will have an option to read the long list in electronic format, saving on weight and delays in advance copy. Lead comment from
The ebook revolution has swept past two more milestones in its ferocious advance upon the bastions of literary culture.
So this could be the start of something. Then again, maybe not.