What we read this month (February 2014)

Our second installment of the monthly reads. This time we have a theme: the publishing industry. Enjoy!

For this year, we decided to focus on three main topics.

  • The future of work, as mentioned in the last week note
  • The future of cities, as it has always been the case
  • The future of publishing, which is not a big surprise for frequent readers of this blog

We’ve read quite a bit this month, but this time we decided to give our monthly reads a theme: future of publishing. You will find below six links to extraordinary reads both on the literature side of the industry as well as more news focused articles.

Reading those articles was both enlightening as well as reassuring for us. It’s always good to read an expert opinion that proves to us that the work we have been doing in this industry has been on the right track so far. If you enjoy those reads and want to have a more elaborate conversation, please drop us a line or come by our office.

  1. How much my novel cost me — Editor’s Picks — Medium
    The difficulty of becoming a payed novelist. All displayed in a brutally honest tale of a young writer.

  2. George Packer: Is Amazon Bad for Books? : The New Yorker
    George Packer set out to write one of those epic New Yorker articles. About Amazon, Bezos and what their cold, alogirthmic logic does to the publishing industry. While being balanced, it might make you want to cancel those Prime accounts. And if that articles doesn’t this piece on Amazon Mechanical Turk and how workers there being treated will sure do that.

  3. FEATURE-Beyond cute cats: How BuzzFeed is reinventing itself
    From Listicles and cat photos, to long-form journalism. We’ve been avid fans of Buzzfeed. Both of the content as well as the business. Jonah Peretti is playing the long game.

  4. The future of news – The Week
    It has been a while since we linked to something from Alain de Botton, but his analysis of the news industry is a must read. We especially liked his attentive observation about the relationship between the news outlet and the reader.

  5. The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place | Andreessen Horowitz
    On this day 19 years ago, Netscape 1.0 was released. Marc Andreessen has been on the fore-front of everything that is web. That’s why we still link to his analysis, despite his openly libertarian, techno-solunist world view. While the title is misleading, his points are well received and we’ve been making them in a similar fashion for a while now too.

Author: Igor

Igor likes to connect the dots. As a strategic consultant in an increasingly complex world, he favours broad knowledge over specialisation. In the last five years, he helped shape strategic decisions at large corporations like Deutsche Postbank AG and Deutsche Telekom AG as well as at startups like Amen and refund.me. In his work he is focusing always on finding the appropriate solutions as well as the people who will be executing upon his advice. Beside the consulting work, Igor speaks at international conferences on variety of topics (SXSW, PICNIC, re:publica, etc.).