Friday, August 13, 2010

The Future of Books: CEO Ingram Skip Prichard Feels Confident - The Daily Beast

It's amazing to me that amidst the hue and cry that the emergence of e-books and reading devices (Amazon's Kindle, Barnes and Noble's Nook, and the iPad) spells doom and gloom for printed media, the growth of book sales continues to increase. And not just slowly. In this blog post, Ingram's CEO points to double-digit growth!

 In spite of the fact that I spend most of my working day at the keyboard, personally, I prefer reading off the printed page instead of an electronic screen. I like to hold books in my hand and mark them up, underline and make notes in the margins. Can't do that very well with an e-reader... Well, yes, I haven't tried it because I have no desire to spring a hundred or two clams to buy one. I'd rather spend that money elsewhere.

Personally, I believe that as created beings we were made to read and view things off reflected light, rather than light projected into our eyeballs. I have no scientific proof. It's just my belief coupled with my own preference. I find that I can read more and for longer periods, and tend to absorb and remember things better reading print media than the PC screen.

However, as Ingram's Skip Prichard points out, the convergence of the printed word with social/new media creates some wonderful opportunities for expanding the reach and learning opportunities that never existed before. And that is pretty exciting stuff.

The Future of Books: CEO Ingram Skip Prichard Feels Confident - The Daily Beast

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Single Most Important Key to Achieving Your Goals

In his blog post, The Single Most Important Key to Achieving Your Goals, Thomas Nelson Publishers CEO Michael Hyatt says:

"Enlist the help of the best coaches and instructors you can afford."

I enjoy reading Michael's blog. He always has good stuff.

Read this entire post for some interesting examples of how he's sought out the best.