Reading in Print

by Kerry Lambeth (?) who tweets at @kerrypolka

“Most books I read are still e-books, mostly because I do a lot of reading on my commute and it’s much harder to keep a paper book open and at eye level when you’re clinging one-handed to the pole on the Northern line, but I’ve been making more time to read for pleasure and those are usually print books.”

CSP (Consumer Supported Publishing)

Piazza-A-CSA-For-Books-1It seems as if  local, personalized, community businesses are going to survive the onslaught even more powerful, and perhaps more ruthless rivals than the chain stores and big boxes, then creating local,  sustainable solutions is the way to go.  And the idea of CSA (community supported agriculture) for books, where people pay a subscription and the books are brought to them, might be one of the paths.  I found an article on the website of the amazing PM Press that was from 2009, and I thought, I wonder how that’s working, and then the New Yorker, published an article about Samantha Haskell and her store, Blue Hill Books in Maine.

Here is the old article, by By Anna ClarkThe American Prospect ,December 3, 2009

As the broader publishing world flounders, alternative presses are turning to their communities for support.

“In search of sustainability, some publishers and booksellers are adapting ideas from the food movement. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) — in which consumers buy a share of a farm’s produce yield for the season — translates to community-supported publishing (CSP), in which readers subscribe to an independent press that in return delivers books to their doorstep every month.”

More articles about Blue Hill Books:
Shelf Awareness
Portland Press Herald

Kindle Flames are Dimming

From an article in The Guardian by Paul Cocozza from April 27, 2017.  ​”The stack of hardbacks and paperbacks on the bedside table has grown so tall it has spawned sub-stacks on the floor.”

There are fewer new readers of digital books, and they tend to consume physical books as well. 

“It’s not about the death of ebooks,” Daunt says. “It’s about ebooks finding their natural level. 

Business Books to Check Out

Lead Positive by Kathryn D. Kramer
The premise is focusing on a company’s or a situations assets (Asset-based Thinking {ABT}) rather than on the deficits.
Acknowledge the negative emotions and trace them back to negative aspects of the situation.
Scan the positives–gains or upsides.
Act to move towards the benefit(s).

Great Employees Only by Dale  Dauten
A way to help people move on from jobs that they are not suited to.

Fail Fast, Fail Often by Ryan  Babineaux and John Krumholtz
It’s in the title.  Successful happy people spend more time acting, and often failing, than they do planning.

It’s Always Personal by Anne Kreamer
Understanding the very real emotions in the workplace.

It’s All About the Guest by Steve Di Fillippo

Setting the Table by Danny Meyer
Hospitality is when something happens for you not when something happens to you.  This leads to shared ownership when customers talk about your business as though it is theirs, and this leads to repeat business.  Err on the side of generosity.  Stay with your core values.

Demand by Adrian J. Slywotzky
Make an emotional connection with people so that you provide what they want.  Also reduce hassle, understand triggers, improve what you offer and use variation to overcome inertia.

Leading Indicators by Zachary Karabell
A short history of the numbers that rule our world.

The New Science of Retail by Marshall Fisher and Ananth Raman
How analytics are transforming the supply chain and improving performance.

Sources of Power by Gary Klein
How people make decisions.

Intuition at Work by Gary Klein
About developing gut instincts to be able to perform better.