Archive for March, 2009

An Inefficient Monopoly

Monday, March 30th, 2009

So I was just pondering the monopoly known as R.R. Bowker. “Bowker” is the ISBN agency in the United States. They are the only U.S. company sanctioned to provide 10 and 13-digit book identifiers. I needn’t go into the history of this situation, but for some reason this business model lives on. I would never have guessed that an industry which puts recorded music on media would be dying faster than a company that sells unique numerical series. Can’t any high school programmer create a program that pushes out numbers? So yes, they sell numbers. It sounds surreal, futuristic, and sci-fi, but in fact, it’s entirely antiquated and this part of their business should be obsolete.

We are hiring a publicist

Friday, March 27th, 2009

We are thinking about hiring a publicist. Have them call up their friends at the blogs and newspapers, and the next thing you know: