The Cost of Content
How much is information worth? Who can share content, and who can access it? These are million dollar questions—sometimes literally. Last week, The Guardian published an article criticizing Facebook’s test of a new newsfeed system. In this system, a user’s newsfeed includes posts from their friends and from paid promotions. Organic content, which rises through popularity and relevance, is barely visible. For small businesses, including small publishing houses and bloggers, th
All That Glitters
Whenever a book wins a major literary award, people start asking the same questions: Did the winner deserve it? Was another, better book overlooked? Why do we care so much to begin with? Amit Chaudhuri’s recent opinion piece in The Guardian is case-in-point. Chaudhuri feels like the books labeled “prize-winners” often aren’t as innovative as we’d like to think. Instead, unseen market forces pull the strings and determine the winners. Chaudhuri makes good points, but he’s talk
Should You Do NaNoWriMo This Year?
It’s finally October. The air is getting colder, leaves are changing color, and stores are stocking pumpkin spice everything. This can only mean one thing: NaNoWriMo is nearly upon us. Okay, there are other reasons for writers to love this time of year. Halloween is an excellent excuse to try your hand at horror writing. Plus, you can shamelessly dress up like your favorite characters without getting judgmental looks from your neighbors. But this is only the calm, candy-corn-