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Life Imitates Art in Pyongyang and Washington

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 12, 2012 11:37 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In an interesting example of life imitating art, the events unfolding in North Korea this week are directly paralleling those that I envisioned in my book, The Alexandria Project. 

Adventures in Self-Publishing: Google Pulls the Plug on its Indie Bookstore Reseller Program

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 6, 2012 10:45 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
In a blow to diversity and independence in book publishing and distribution, Google announced yesterday that it will discontinue its partnering portal with independent bookstores next January (reproduced in full at the end of this blog entry).

The Global Knock-on Effects of China’s Home-Grown Standards Preferences

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Apr 2, 2012 3:48 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
For years now, China has annually invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing and implementing a sophisticated IT standards strategy. That strategy is intended to advance a variety of national interests, most obviously to enable Chinese manufacturers to retain a larger share of domestic market sales, and gain a larger and higher margin share of global sales.  But there are other motivations at work as well, one of which ensuring that Chinese authorities can keep a close watch on the Chinese people.

Lafayette Deception Ch 13: What Goes Around (can come back to bite you)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 19, 2012 1:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
First the engine of the minibus died, and then the lights. In the sudden darkness, Frank’s light-bedazzled eyes could see nothing, leaving him temporarily immobilized. He heard the door to the VW open and close quietly. And then, a quiet voice from a shadowy figure by his side.

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 13: The Future of Writing and Publishing

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 9, 2012 3:40 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
About two weeks ago I interrupted my current cybersecurity thriller series to post an essay I titled "Intermission: The High Cost of Free." That post generated some interesting responses, some appearing as public comments and others arriving by email.  Two struck me as being particularly relevant to this series, because they suggest the goal posts between which the future of writing and publishing is likely to lie.

Lafayette Deception, Ch. 12: In-tro-du-cing the Next President of the United States!

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 5, 2012 1:20 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frank closed the back door of his camper behind him and peered carefully around its corner. Only a few cars and pickup trucks shared the lot with him now, one of which must hold the person who was helping himself to Frank’s wireless connection.

Interoperability, Standards and Market Power

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Mar 2, 2012 6:07 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Yesterday the European Commission issued a brief press release announcing that it has opened a formal investigation to "assess whether The MathWorks Inc., a U.S.-based software company, has distorted competition in the market for the design of commercial control systems by preventing competitors from achieving interoperability with its products."

The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 11: I Guess I've Just Got to be Frank with You

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 27, 2012 12:27 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frank shook his head in disbelief as he turned his radio off. Who could have predicted that talking heads on the evening news would ever look to Fidel Castro to provide a cogent assessment of an American primary season? 

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 12: What I Learned Along the Way

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 25, 2012 1:55 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
We’ve now gone through all the steps of self-publishing a book, so this week is summing up time: I’ll try and pull together the most important things I learned along the way, and especially those that I wished I’d known before I started. 

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About FRAND (But didn’t know who to ask)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 21, 2012 1:50 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
The acronym “FRAND” is very much in the news today, and with good reason. So intense is the competition to control the future of mobile devices that not only standards, but the finer details relating to the pledging of patents to facilitate the implementation of standards, have become the subject of headlines in the technology press.

The Lafayette Deception - Intermission: The High Price of

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 20, 2012 2:33 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
As you may have noticed, last Monday passed without my posting a new chapter of The Lafayette Deception. I’d like to explain why, and also invite you to reflect on the role that the consumer of creative work will play in the future of writing.

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 11: How to Promote your Book (Part II)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 18, 2012 3:14 AM EDT)
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Last week we talked about the concepts and goals behind launching a book promotion campaign.  This week, we’ll get down in the weeds, and talk about the specific tactics you can use to spread the word.  

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 10: How to Promote your Book (Part I)

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 10, 2012 8:23 PM EDT)
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Might as well come right out and say it. This is where the going gets tough.

The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 10: Vive la Revolución!

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 6, 2012 9:05 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frank looked hungrily at the establishments on both sides of the main drag of Cedar City, Utah. He’d lost eighteen pounds, and it was payback time.

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Ch. 9: How to Price your Book – and Does it Matter?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 5, 2012 1:19 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
[I wanted to be sure you saw this, as you've already run the first 8 chapters]

This week we’ll talk about how to come up with the “right” price for your book in each of the formats in which you plan to make it available (eBook, soft, and/or hardcover). By “right” price, I mean a price that will make more, rather than fewer, people actually buy your book. My challenge will be to convince you that the title you see above makes sense.

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Ch. 9: How to Price your Book – and Does it Matter?

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Feb 4, 2012 12:00 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
This week we’ll talk about how to come up with the “right” price for your book in each of the formats in which you plan to make it available (eBook, soft, and/or hardcover).  By “right” price, I mean a price that will make more, rather than fewer, people actually buy your book. My challenge will be to convince you that the title you see above makes sense.

The Lafayette Deception, Chap. 9: Time In and Time Out!

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 30, 2012 4:32 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
“That’s right, Vicky. Simple as that. So can you guys take it from here?” “Sure thing, Frank. No problem, and great work!”

Adventures in Self-Publishing, Chap. 8: Designing the Interior of your Book

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 28, 2012 3:27 AM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Last week we talked about how to design covers for books - eBooks, soft cover books and hard cover books. But how about the interior of your magnum opus? 

Lafayette Deception, Chap. 8: The Doctor will Diagnose you Now

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 23, 2012 7:11 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
Frank was puffing his way up the dirt road leading away from the canyon rim, focusing on his breathing. He’d actually lost five pounds in the first week of his new regime, and had also progressed from walking fast to alternating walking with short bursts of labored jogging. He hadn’t been as successful on the technical front. 

Adventures in Self-Publishing Chap 7: Designing the Cover of your Book

  • ConsortiumInfo.org Standards Blog; By Andy Updegrove (Posted by Andy_Updegrove on Jan 20, 2012 5:52 PM EDT)
  • Story Type: News Story
If your publishing progress has been keeping step with this series, you’ve now not only got the text of book all ready to go, but you’ve decided on how you’re going to bring it to market (POD, Google eBooks, or whatever) as well. So your next set of tasks revolves around this question: what would you like your masterpiece to look like?

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