Yesterday, on our online radio show, Social Media Edge, I was very pleased to get a chance to meet Sean Cranbury, who is the host of Books on the Radio. Sean is a 20+ year veteran of the book business, and I was excited to speak with him about Publishing 3.0, which is a fascinating trend.
In a nutshell, Publishing 3.0 is the brainchild of Richard Nash, and he will soon be launching a new project called Cursor which has the potential to make traditional publishing obsolete, in my humble opinion. Rather than give away all of the details here, I would recommend listening to the conversation I had with Sean during the show. Suffice it to say that it will allow authors to shape their content and build an audience for their works while they're still in progress. The flexibility to alter content via "print on demand" is a phenomenal side benefit.
Self-publishing continues to explode, and we discussed what effect this could have on both the quantity and quality of books that are out there.
Sean is an innovative guy, and he is involved in a good number of writing and book-related projects, as you can see by visiting his blog: http://booksontheradio.ca. Overall, I really enjoyed getting a chance to speak with him, and I look forward to learning more about this nascent technology/industry.
In addition to our talk, Ken Cook and I were joined by our cast of regulars: Mike Mueller, Jeremy Blanton, and T.S. Elliott (if you don't know her yet, you should get to know her). Big kudos to our show booking agent, Cathy Browne, for finding another solid guest for us!
Click below to listen to the show in its entirety (Sean's segment begins around the midway point):
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