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How does publishing really work? A guide for the unwary

A friend came to me furious because, unlike her colleagues’ publishers, the company that produced her book wasn’t arranging a launch party or media interviews. I thought that her book had been beautifully edited and produced (very quickly because the subject was time-sensitive), and that she had paid a very modest fee to have this done.

By |2019-09-24T09:25:13-05:00September 22nd, 2019|News|3 Comments

Should a CEO write code?

Back in 2014 I wrote an e-letter entitled “Amazon update: when will the Justice Department step in?” “Never,” most people, even lawyers, said. But things have changed, and maybe antitrust law will move into the 21st-century. I’m thrilled to say that the time has come: the Justice Department is investigating Big Tech – Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Lina Khan

By |2019-09-07T18:36:23-05:00June 7th, 2019|News|0 Comments

Religion for the rest of us?

“Let us pray.” On Wednesday I heard a prayer - “grace” - said before dinner for the first time in years. “Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful evening and for our fellowship.” “Help us to serve those in need.” I’d been invited to talk about the Train Campaign at the Episcopal church’s men’s dinner group. No

By |2019-04-19T13:06:36-05:00April 19th, 2019|Making a Difference, News|5 Comments

Letter from Oxford: Wives, Daughters, Mothers, and Other Women behind Famous Men

It’s International Women’s Day and I am at the History Faculty in Oxford, at the Thanks for Typing Conference organized by Wolfson College. I'll be speaking tomorrow about Sophia Mumford and Valerie Eliot, who were married to Lewis Mumford and T. S. Eliot. Here's the conference background: "When a series of tweets with #ThanksForTyping hashtag appeared in 2017,

By |2019-12-19T10:39:58-05:00March 8th, 2019|Berkshire Blog, News|0 Comments

Who Says You Can’t Change the World?

You can’t change the world, Karen.” I’ve lost track of who said that to me, because it’s happened more than once. I might be on my soapbox about something or other—eliminating plastics, or transforming the publishing industry, or having an efficient and economical passenger rail service in the United States—and my friend will nod and smile

By |2020-10-09T03:31:03-05:00January 24th, 2019|Berkshire Blog, Making a Difference, News|0 Comments
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