Is Social Publishing the Future?

By posted at 3:29 pm on September 29, 2009 1

Loudpoet has an interview with former Soft Skull Press publisher Richard Nash about his new social publishing venture Cursor.  ““Social” is taking the book and making it much easier to have a conversation with the book and its writer, and have conversations around the book and its writer.” Is this a way forward for beleaguered publishers?  (via The Lone Gunman)

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  1. Laurie
    at 11:31 pm on October 4, 2009

    Nash appeared on a panel titled “The Future of the Book” at the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend, 2009. The other two panelists were former Atlanta Journal-Constitution book section editor Teresa Weaver and University of Georgia Press sales and marketing director John McLeod. He was the only one to discuss new options for internet book marketing, and received the most questions from the audience. Will enough people pay to make social writing clubs viable? What will he charge and how many subscribers will it take to make it worthwhile? Will his business model then be adopted by other now-free sites (folks like Max)? Could Nash be the internet equivalent of the guy who invented barbed wire (and tamed the wild west)? At the time he was still wooing investors (he told the audience). (Photos of panel here: or search

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