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Adventures in Self-Publishing: Understanding POD Business Models

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 30, 2011 3:50 PM EDT)
Last week I identified the different types of Print on Demand (POD) publishers that are active in the market today and provided tips on how to decide which type would best meet your needs. Before we go on to talk about how to select a specific publisher, it's worth pausing to look more deeply into what each type of POD publisher actually does, and how it makes its money.

The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 4: Got a Match?

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 26, 2011 2:03 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It was early afternoon when Frank and Josette rolled slowly into Gerlach, following a 1960’s era VW minibus. Behind them was something that resembled a cross between a Viking long ship and a Mississippi river boat. (“Ah! An Art Car!” Rosette exclaimed.)

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Selecting a Print on Demand Publisher (Part I)

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 23, 2011 7:57 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Like just about every other step in self-publishing a book, researching and selecting a print on demand (POD) publisher can be a time-consuming and even bewildering experience. 

The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 3: Frank’s Long Day’s Journey into Night

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 19, 2011 1:57 PM EDT)
  • Groups: Sun; Story Type: News Story
The sun was once again shining the next morning as Frank drove west on Route 50. The harsh glare made it as hard to see as he was finding it difficult to think.

Adventures in Self-Publishing: eBook or Dead Tree?

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 16, 2011 4:34 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If you are of a certain age (and I, most regrettably, am definitely of a certain age), a book means a certain thing, and that is this: something that you can hold in your hands, keep on a shelf, pack up and carry in a box in move after move (after move, after move…), and generally treasure for life, if it’s a good read or a valued resource. But if you're of a certain other age - it just may be an eBook.

Adventures in Self Publishing - The Introduction

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 15, 2011 6:46 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Ever thought about writing a book? Well, be sure you know what you're getting into first, because by the time you hold the finished product in your hands, you may have a long, strange trip to get through first.

The Alexandria Project Sequel, Chap. 2: Shelter From the Storm

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Dec 12, 2011 6:02 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frank drove carefully down the jeep track through the wind-whipped, driving rain, periodically blinded by the vivid flashes of lightning that momentarily silhouetted mountains in the distance. This wasn’t the usual afternoon thunderstorm, where few raindrops survived the long descent through dry desert air without evaporating. This was the product of a full monsoon front sweeping up from the Gulf, the kind the ranchers relied on to refill their stockponds and green up the grass again for their cattle.

Alexandria Project: The Sequel

A year ago, thousands of you followed the cyber security adventures of Frank Adversego through to their surprising, cliff-hanger conclusion. As an election year approaches in the U.S., there's new evil afoot, and only Frank can get to the bottom of it.

The Future of

With the Apache Foundation providing a new home, the question in many peoples' minds has been whether the bruised and abused remnant of the OpenOffice project would be able to get back on its feet, dust itself off, and regain its prior importance in the marketplace. Last week, the Apache Foundation put out a press release on this very subject.

The Lurching Landscape of Mobile

Anyone paying attention to technology news lately knows that the Titans are clashing for control, or at least a share of the monetary rewards, in the mobile marketplace.

W3C Launches New “Agile” Standards Development Platform

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Aug 18, 2011 12:50 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
By anyone’s measure, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has been one of the most important and influential standards development organizations of the information technology age. Without its efforts, the Web would literally not exist as we know it. But times change, and with change, even venerable – indeed, especially venerable – institutions must change with it. Happily, the W3C is taking the plunge.

OpenOffice: Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

Poor OpenOffice. It’s been open source for so long, and yet its adoption and market importance has always lagged far behind that of peer software like Linux – despite the fact that it’s free and implements a standard (ODF) aggressively promoted by some of the most powerful technology countries in the world. Can this ever change?

Six Lives and Counting

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 24, 2011 5:30 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Depending on your point of view, the daily news delivers up a glass either half empty or half full. In the short term, the negative impression can be particularly powerful, with disasters both natural and man-made arising with distressing regularity. But the glass can also be viewed as half full, and that can lead to a false sense of security.

Sarah Palin and Wikipediology

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jun 14, 2011 5:13 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Imagine you're a virtual archaeologist of the future reviewing last week's change logs for the Wikipedia entry for Paul Revere....

Avoiding a Cloud Computing Armageddon

Cloud computing is all the rage today, with everyone from the U.S. Federal government to Apple herding us into a brave new world of remotely hosted data and services. As usual, we're rushing down a road before thinking about where it may lead.

Here We Go Again: How to Tell a Bubble When you See One

Oh my goodness. It's happening again. Will there be anywhere to hide this time, or are we already trapped — tied like poor little Pauline to the railroad tracks as the engine of another high tech bubble barrels down upon us.

FTC Seeks Input on Patent Holdup in Standards Development

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 17, 2011 12:07 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
At intervals, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice (DoJ) have undertaken public initiatives intended to support the standards development process from the antitrust perspective. Well, they're at it again.

It's Time for Government to Back the Semantic Web

  • Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on May 13, 2011 10:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
It's 2011. Do you know where your Semantic Web is? Hmm. Good question. After so many years, one might wonder whether you should still care whether the Semantic Web ever makes it. Well, you should. Why? Because the more the Web is capable of doing, the more we can get out of it. And given how much we now rely on the Internet and the Web, we can't afford to allow either to be less than they are capable of being.

Where is There an End to Him?

It’s very rare for me to write a blog entry directed solely at what someone else has written, but there’s an exception to every rule. This one is directed at a posting by Alex Brown (of ODF/OOXML fame), entitled UK Open Standards *Sigh*. 

Pamela Jones and Groklaw: An Appreciation

It’s difficult to know where to begin in saying “goodbye” to Groklaw. What PJ and her many cohorts accomplished there has been unique in my experience. In many ways, Groklaw exemplified the transformational power that the Internet has brought to law, society, technology, and the advancement of all things open.

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