Carroll hat-trick wrecks Arsenal dream

first_imgLONDON (AP):Arsenal needed a flawless finish to the English Premier League season to stand a realistic chance of reeling in surprise leaders Leicester City.Thanks to West Ham striker Andy Carroll, that won’t be happening.Carroll scored an eighth-minute hat-trick as West Ham came from two goals behind and drew 3-3 with Arsenal in a wild match at Upton Park that summed up the visitors’ season a strong start, a collapse and then a recovery that was too little, too late.Surely, only second-placed Tottenham can stop Leicester now.Arsenal are 10 points behind the leaders and three adrift of Spurs, with the top two in action today.Arsenal are not yet assured of securing a top-four place and Champions League football for next season, with Manchester City only two points back in fourth after rallying to a 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, thanks to Samir Nasri’s second-half winner. City played a weakened team ahead of the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Paris Saint-Germain, which is tied 2-2 after the first leg on Wednesday.Manchester United are four points behind City, with their game in hand coming against Tottenham today.Confirmation of Aston Villa’s inevitable relegation was delayed at least another week, despite the last-place team losing 2-1 at home to Bournemouth for a 23rd defeat in 33 league matches this season. Fourth-to-last Norwich could have relegated Villa by picking up a point at Crystal Palace, but lost 1-0.It was Palace’s first win since December 19, virtually preserving their Premier League status for another season.Newcastle look likely to be joining Villa in the second tier after losing 3-1 at Southampton to stay six points behind Norwich, with only six matches left.”It’s important that everybody continues to believe,” said Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez, who is still to earn a victory in four matches since taking over. “The anxiety is killing us sometimes.”Swansea beat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to Gylfi Sigurdsson’s 25th-minute goal, while Watford and Everton drew 1-1 in a match between two FA Cup semi-finalists.Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez put Arsenal 2-0 ahead against West Ham, both scoring off passes from young Nigerian Alex Iwobi, before Carroll single-handedly brought the home side back into the game.POWERFUL HEADERStaking his claim for a place in England’s squad for the European Championship, the tall striker planted home a powerful header in the 44th, equalised with a deflected volley in first-half injury time, then rose above Arsenal’s defence to complete his hat-trick in the 52nd.Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny scored a 70th-minute equaliser, but a point isn’t enough at this stage in the title race.”We’ve made it far more difficult for ourselves to have a chance to win the championship,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “We have to keep going and hope. You never know what can happen.”City trimmed the gap to Arsenal after recovering from going behind to Stephane Sessegnon’s goal in the sixth minute.Sessegnon then brought down Aleksandar Kolarov to allow Sergio Aguero to score from a penalty and Nasri scored the winner for City from close range in the 66th.last_img read more


first_imgMissing CassieA very special family pet has gone missing from its home on the outskirts of Letterkenny.The dog (pictured) is an Irish Water Spaniel and answers to the name of Cassie.Cassie’s owners have been searching all around the Golfcourse Road where she went missing earlier today but have not found het yet. “The children are very worried that their loveable dog is in pain somewhere,” said a family member.People are asked to check their sheds and outhouses in case Cassie may be taking shelter there.If you have seen Cassie or know where she is, please contact the family on 087 6697407.CAN YOU HELP FAMILY FIND VERY SPECIAL PET CASSIE? was last modified: July 15th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Road rage disease

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2There may be some drivers with legitimate uncontrollable anger on the roads. But we suspect that by and large, despite the scholarly research by the NIMH, the road-rage incidents really stem from a combination of stressful driving conditions and a bad case of rudeness in an increasingly unmannered and mean-spirited society. Is there a pill for that? Angry drivers who menace others on the road might not merely be displaying childish outbursts, according to mental health experts. In fact, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it turns out those poor drivers aren’t to blame for their violent actions behind the wheel. They are actually suffering from a disorder and have no control. Intermittent explosive disorder, or IED, apparently affects as many as 15 million Americans and is marked by episodes of unwarranted behavior. In motoring situations, this manifests itself in episodes of road rage. Now social incivility is a condition? last_img read more


first_imgA Chinese man has pleaded guilty to having almost €200,000 worth of drugs when caught by Gardai last year.Hong Wei Wang appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court today and pleaded guilty to a number of related charges.He admitted having the drugs with a street value of €187,200 in his possession for sale and supply at Burnfoot on May 15th, 2011. He will be sentenced by Judge John O’Hagan on July 20th.CHINESE MAN ADMITS HAVING DRUGS FOR SALE AND SUPPLY IN DONEGAL was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:drugslast_img read more


first_imgA WATERFORD fisherman has appeared in a Donegal court, charged with overfishing and failing to cooperate with fisheries protection officers.A judge imposed a monetary bond of €136, 878 on the operators of the fishing vessel called Saltees Quest.The vessel, which is owned by the O’Flaherty Brothers of Kilmore Quay, had the bond imposed as a security pending the criminal trial of the skipper Jonathan Kenny, 1 Chestnut Grove, Waterford. alleged offences of illegal fishing. He was arrested at Greencastle Pier.It is alleged that beam trawls and nets of 80mm dimension were used and it is also alleged there was an attempt  to obstruct the Sea Fisheries protection officers at the subsequent landing inspection on December 13.State Solicitor Ciaran Liddy told the court Kenny chose to remain silent when the charges were put to him.Mr Liddy told the court that the allegations related to fishing in an area where cod was at a depleted level. He said the obstruction charge was “unusual” – saying it reflected “the level of seriousness in this case.”Garda Eamonn Ward, from Moville Garda Station, alleged the Kenny hadRefused to let SFPA officers on board.Failed to have a stowage plan for MonkfishWas fishing for cod in a depleted area.Judge Paul Kelly remanded Kenny on his own bond of €5,000 to the Circuit Court on January 28.He set the bail bond on the boat as requested in Statute – a combination of factors, said Mr Liddy, including the €21,000 estimated worth of the seized catch.Judge Kelly set the bail as requested, telling Mr Kenny: “It’s a matter for you or the owners if you wish to appeal this to another court.” TRAWLER MASTER IN COURT ON ILLEGAL FISHING CHARGES was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Baranczyk Receives Women of Influence Award

first_imgIn the classroom, her teams have been exceptional with four straight seasons of ranking in the top 10 of all Division I teams in team grade point average. The 2016-17 team compiled a 3.600 GPA to rank ninth in the prestigious WBCA Top 25 academic team honor roll. DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake University women’s basketball head coach Jennie Baranczyk received her Business Record Women of Influence award Thursday, Aug. 10 evening at the downtown Des Moines Marriott. Baranczyk was one of nine women to receive the award which celebrates the work of women who have made a difference in their communities. On the hardwood, Baranczyk guided Drake to the 2017 NCAA Tournament behind a Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and outright regular season championship. The Bulldogs went 28-5 record (single-season win total tied a program record), had a program-record and MVC-record 22-game winning streak and the team was ranked nationally for multiple weeks. Drake finished 18-0 in regular season play, the first time a Valley team has gone undefeated in conference action. Baranczyk was named the 2017 MVC Coach of the Year and espnW Mid-Major Coach of the Year for her team’s outstanding 2016-17 season. This offseason, she was a court coach for the USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team trials in Colorado Springs, Colo. and was a featured speaker at the USA Basketball Sioux Falls Coach Academy Presented by Nike. Baranczyk has integrated her program into the Des Moines and Drake communities since being named head coach of the Bulldogs in April, 2012. The program has completed more than 1,000 community service hours in each of the past four academic years. The more than 4,000 hours have been completed around the two communities. In April, 2017, Baranczyk and her program were recognized by Drake University with the Madelyn M. Levitt Distinguished Community Service award. The award celebrates Drake faculty and staff who demonstrate commitment to volunteerism and community service. Baranczyk is a member of the board of directors of the Young Women’s Resource Center in Des Moines. Baranczyk has compiled an impressive 99-61 record in five seasons at Drake, including a 61-29 mark in league play. Baranczyk has had nine student-athletes earn 16 all-conference selections, four MVC Freshman of the Year award winners and two MVC Player of the Year winners during her tenure. One of those player of the year winners, Lizzy Wendell, garnered All-America honorable mention honors last season. Starting in 2014-15, the Bulldogs have recorded three-consecutive 20-plus win seasons under Baranczyk. It is the first time since 1999-2002 this has occurred at Drake. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Raiders’ McCarron, LaFell go from winning it all to dealing with defeat

first_imgFor complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — In a corner of the Raiders locker room, the stalls of AJ McCarron and Brandon LaFell sit side by side, two players who share the connection of having reached the absolute pinnacle of their sport — only to have everything come crashing down in a 1-7 season for the Raiders under Jon Gruden.McCarron, 28, was the on-field leader of an Alabama team that went 36-4 in games he started with back-to-back BCS national …last_img read more

South Africa holds score on Doing Business Index

first_imgSouth Africa ranks 34 out of 183countries surveyed in terms of easeof doing business. (Image: Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynette Oelschig, IMC Director:Strategic Marketing & Communication+27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Top marks for SA auditing • UCT business school tops again • Doing business easier in SA • SA firms among world’s best• SA best for regulation of exchangesSource: Brand South AfricaConsistent ratings of South Africa as an investment market as well as a strong ranking against emerging markets – and specifically the BRIC nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China – underpin the country’s performance in the annual Ease of Doing Business Index results announced by the World Bank in Washington on 4 November 2010.The Ease of Doing Business Index is an index created by the international financial institution, and uses empirical research to justify its work by showing the effect of improving regulations on economic growth.Higher rankings indicate better, usually simpler, regulations for businesses and stronger protection of property rights.The index is meant to measure regulations directly affecting businesses and does not directly measure more general conditions such as a nation’s proximity to large markets, quality of infrastructure, inflation, or crime.South Africa lost two places in the latest index results and is now placed 34 out of 183 economies.“As with other indices issued of late, South Africa has not lost place as a result of declining scores, but rather as a result of other economies improving at a more rapid rate,” said Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola.“Our consistent ratings are underpinned by improvements in areas such as closing a business, where we are up three places to 74; as well as in enforcing contracts where we improved on position to 85, from 86. In contrast to this South Africa lost ground in areas such as starting a business, registering a company and trading across borders,” he said.Globally competitive investment destinationMatola added that Brand South Africa will continue to prioritise efforts to promote the country’s reputation as a globally competitive investment destination, guided by indices such as the World Bank’s Doing Business Index and others.“It is critical that we align all the recent indices with our own strategic priorities and measure the direct impact of our efforts in these regions on a market by market basis,” he said.Within the World Bank’s latest index this holds true. In areas such as investor protection South Africa outperformed the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development averages in all four pillars. This includes extent of disclosure, extent of direct liability, shareholder suits and investor protection itself.“South Africa’s role as an emerging market which can compete comparatively with some of the BRIC nations and act as a credible connector to the 1-billion consumers on the continent has been boosted by the recent results where all four BRIC nations lost ground and where sub-Saharan Africa made the greatest improvements,” said Matola.“The credibility of South Africa being ranked as one of the top emerging economies in terms of its ease of doing business has a significant impact on its competitiveness as a country with which investors would want to do business in the future. Studies and reports such as these are key to our understanding and efforts to position and profile South Africa as a trade, investment and tourism destination of choice.”last_img read more

Cranberries a holiday favorite with health benefits

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nothing screams the holidays more than cranberries. Their red brilliance and tangy flavor are featured ingredients in holiday punches, sauces, salads, muffins and breads just to name a few. Spiced cranberry sauce has always played a significant role at my family’s table since I can remember.Paul and I married and at the Detwiler Thanksgiving, sauce became relish or salad, as some people call it. One holiday season when we were having a Strep marathon at the Detwiler house, I was unable to create the dish for the big Detwiler gathering. Paul took the reins. Easy instructions and reassurance were given to Paul, “Read the back of the package.” I settled in for my long Thanksgiving nap. In the many years since, we have been unable to live down the year Paul and Shelly (I had nothing to do with it, I was sleeping!) brought the cranberry relish and forgot to put the sugar in it. Note to all: sugar needs to be added to most fresh and frozen cranberry recipes.Cranberries are one of the three native fruits grown in North America. states they have been around for 12,000 years, growing in sandy bogs left when the glaciers receded. The bogs in the northeastern U.S. became the perfect home for these low growing cranberry bushes. The Wampanoag Indians celebrated the harvest of wild cranberries using them for food as well as for their healing properties. The early Europeans from low-lying areas of England and Netherlands who were familiar with cranberries began to settle the country. Cranberries began to become cultivated in 1816 and later were grown commercially by mid to late 1800s. Massachusetts’ Cranberries states that by 1871, the first association of cranberry growers had formed and now U.S. Farmers harvest approximately 40,000 acres of cranberries each year. In 1930, Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc. formed as a grower-owned marketing cooperative. Ocean Spray states they are over 700 grower families strong to this day.Cranberries have magic qualities. Magically their inside chambers are filled with air and can float and even bounce! How fun, they bounce! Cranberries are not grown in water. Remember, they are grown in the sandy bogs. Due to their magic characteristics, the bogs are flooded in the fall to harvest the little fun-sized tart orbs of red. These bogs are reflooded to protect them for the winter low temps.Including cranberries and cranberry products in your diet can provide many health benefits. One cup of raw cranberries is only 46 calories and is packed full of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and all kinds of antioxidants. WebMD states current evidence shows that cranberries contain a good “chemical” that inhibits bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract, preventing infections. These magical berries also contain salicylic acid giving it aspirin like qualities, preventing blood clots and reducing swelling.This holiday season include the magic of cranberries. Let this captivating berry weave its enchanting flavors throughout the season, spreading its charm 365! Eat Well and Healthy,Shelly   Apple Cranberry Bacon Candied Walnut Salad w/ Apple Poppy Seed Vinaigrette  1 small head romaine lettuce, chopped8 oz. baby spinach2 Fuji apples, thinly sliced1 cup dried cranberries6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled1 red bell pepper, chopped1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced1/3 cup feta cheese crumbles¾ cup walnuts1 cup nuts1/4 cup sugar1 tablespoon butter1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional) 3-4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar ¼ cup honey3 tablespoons sugar1 tablespoon poppy seeds½ teaspoon salt1 teaspoon dry minced onion   Heat a medium non-stick skillet over medium heat and add nuts, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Stir constantly with a rubber heat-proof spatula for approximately 5 minutes (less time if your nuts are chopped as pictured) until the nuts are evenly coated in the melted sugar/butter. Immediately transfer nuts to parchment paper and immediately separate using 2 forks or let the nuts harden together and break them apart with your fingers once cooled. The nuts and coating will harden in 5-7 minutes.Add all of the dressing ingredients (adding up to 4 Tbsp. if you like it “tangy”) to a medium bowl and whisk to combine or shake in a mason jar. Refrigerate while you prepare the salad ingredients then whisk/shake again before drizzling over salad. The dressing can be made up to a week in advance.When ready to serve, toss all of the salad ingredients together in a large bowl.  Shira’s Cranberry Thumbprint Cookies 1 c all-purpose flour½ c yellow cornmeal, preferably stone-ground¼ tsp. coarse salt4 oz. unsalted butter, softened½ c plus 1 Tbsp. sugar½ tsp. finely grated orange zest1 egg separatedFor filling1 c fresh cranberries1/2c water¼ c sugar1 strip orange zest  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: Whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add orange zest and egg yolk, and mix well. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the cookies: Whisk together flour, cornmeal, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and 1/4 cup sugar with a mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add orange zest and egg yolk, and mix well. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, and mix until just combined.Lightly whisk egg white. Scoop 2 teaspoons dough, and roll into a ball. Dip into egg white, and roll in remaining 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar. Repeat with remaining dough; transfer to parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing about 1 inch apart, as you work. Gently press center of each ball with your thumb. Bake, rotating sheets halfway through, until pale golden, 15 to 17 minutes. Gently indent each cookie again using the handle end of a wooden spoon. Transfer sheets to wire racks, and let cool. (Cookies can be stored at room temperature for up to 1 week.Meanwhile, make the filling: Bring cranberries, water, sugar, and orange zest to a boil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat, and simmer, gently mashing cranberries, until thick and jamlike, 5 to 6 minutes. (If mixture is too thick, add a little water to thin.) Transfer to a bowl, and let cool completely. (Filling can be refrigerated for up to 1 week. Spoon a small amount of filling into each cookie indentation Banana Cranberry Dessert Tasteofhome.comThis is very similar to a dessert I remember making every year with my grandma.  2 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 44 wafers), divided1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk6 tablespoons lemon juice3 teaspoons vanilla extract1 cup chopped pecans1 to 2 medium firm bananas, sliced and quartered2 cups chopped fresh or frozen cranberries2/3 cup sugar1 cup heavy whipping cream2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar Directions1. Sprinkle 1 cup wafer crumbs in an 8-in. square dish coated with cooking spray. In a bowl, combine the milk, lemon juice and vanilla. Pour over crumbs and spread to cover. Sprinkle with pecans.2. In another bowl, combine the bananas, cranberries and sugar. Spread over pecans. In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Spread over fruit layer. Sprinkle with remaining wafer crumbs. Refrigerate until chilled. Yield: 9 servings.Cranberry Rangoons cranberries.orgManny Haider and Jessica Drakulich, Johnson & Wales University  ¾ cup Fresh Cranberries 1 each Jalapeno pepper ¼ cup Sugar ¼ cup Mayonnaise 10 oz Cream Cheese, softened 1 pkg. Wonton Wrappers 1 quart Fry Oil  Combine cranberries, jalapeno, sugar, and mayonnaise in a food processor. Process until smooth or to desired texture. Divide mixture in half and reserve one half for a dipping sauce. With the remaining half, blend with the softened cream cheese until smooth.Lay a few wonton wrappers at a time out on a clean cutting board. Spoon 1 teaspoon of the cream cheese mixture in the center of each wonton. Brush the edges of the wonton with water and fold in half to make a triangle shape. Set aside on a waxed paper lined sheet pan.last_img read more

Bits of Destruction Hit the Book Publishing Business: Part 2

first_imgIn part 1 of this series, we looked at the three big waves crashing down on the traditional book publishing business: Google Search, the Kindle and e-books, and print on demand. In this second part, we’ll try to wipe the muck from our crystal ball and see how this could play out in the future, specifically for the major players of book publishing: readers, authors, printers, publishers, retailers, and e-book device vendors.What Will Readers Get?Readers have the money that makes all of this happen, so they will, eventually, get what they want, which is:Broad selection of titles,Choice of format and device,Fast delivery,Low prices,Freemium model.In other words, readers will be able to order any book in the universe and have it sent to them in print wherever they want or sent digitally to whatever device they have. Readers have grown accustomed to getting their online content for free, so they will expect to get at least a degraded experience via the regular browser (the “free” in freemium).This will take a while to play out. We live in a world today of bilateral negotiations, so different titles are available for different devices and in different bookstores. But play out it will. This is the logic of digitization. Until we reach that stage, plenty of entrepreneurial opportunities will exist to meet those reader demands.Readers will pay more for print. They will understand that it costs more. Some readers will resist e-books as long as they live. Others will be selective, choosing print for certain titles and situations and digital for others.Will Books Be Free?Here is my free review of my free copy of “Free.”Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, recently came out with the book “Free: The Future of a Radical Price.” So the question of whether books will be free in the future is a natural one to ask. The short answer is, No. If books became free, authors would stop writing, printers would stop printing, and electronics factories would stop churning out e-book readers. In other words, there would be nothing to read… except:Free copies given to reviewers to generate free reviews. I got a free copy of “Free” when I attended Wired’s “Disruptive by Design” conference. But the practice of giving away free copies to reviewers has been happening since publishing began.Free excerpts and abstracts online. Using free content to entice you to a paid version will continue. Freemium models will be the norm. People with more time than money will take the free version online through their browser, even if the paid print version or e-book is a much better experience. This is nothing new, either: people with more time than money already get free books through their local library. Enabling people with more time than money to read for free is a good thing.Promotional publishing. Traditional brochures have lost all credibility and value in this online world. And everyone has a blog; blogs are no longer differentiators. So, published books are the new blogs. Consultants can charge more if they have a book published. To be credible, the book would need a published price (preferably a high one), but all potential clients would get one for free. This is just an extension of blogging as an attention-getting tool.Passion publishing. This has been called “vanity publishing” in the industry. This is a pejorative term that can be translated as, “This is not real publishing because no one is paying for it.” If the author’s passion relates to a cause, funding may come from a non-profit foundation. But volume will accumulate from simple books such as your family memoir or a cookbook inspired by your vacation in Tuscany. Again, this is not much different from spending time on a blog. Free books may come with advertising, like blogs.How much does Chris Anderson’s “Free” book cost on Amazon? List price: $26.99, discounted to $16.19. Not free.AuthorsWhat about people who harbor a desire to live off of their writing? After all, most writers write because they couldn’t imagine not doing it. It is not a profession in the normal sense. They feel compelled to write in the same way that painters feel compelled to paint and musicians are driven to create music. But they have to eat and pay the rent, too.Intermediaries who mistake that urge to write as a willingness to be exploited will get their heads handed to to them. In a free market, intermediaries are always replaceable, but we need both our authors and readers to always remain motivated.We are seeing today the early phase of intensified competition in book publishing, as is happening in other industries affected by digitization. Competition will mean, first, more choice and lower prices for readers and, secondly, a bigger share of the pie for authors.Specifically, we expect to see the following:The end of advances. The irony is that the authors who really need advances, the new ones scraping by on Ramen noodles, cannot get them. Meanwhile authors who don’t need them, the ones living the high life off of previous royalties or whatever made them famous enough to get an advance, are showered with ridiculous advances at the end of bidding wars between big publishers. Authors will write without advances. Unlike movies, books are relatively cheap to create. In the digitized world of e-books and print on demand, authors get paid as soon as someone buys the first copy. The lack of an advance will be compensated for by a bigger share of the revenue pie.Authors getting a bigger share of the pie. It makes no sense for authors to get only 10% in a digitized world. We expect this to grow from 10% to 30% or more. Digitization takes most of the costs out of the supply chain. So, unless an intermediary such as Amazon charges monopoly-like rents, authors will get a bigger share. Amazon has amazing power today and will squeeze everyone in the supply chain. But new competition will emerge (we’ll look at this later), and keeping authors happy is critical to the success of publishers. Authors are like software developers, not powerful individually but incredibly powerful en masse (and just as ornery!). Authors will need a bigger share also because prices will be coming down. But the drop in price, coupled with globalization, will open up new markets in which to sell books and therefore generate more revenue.Authors creating the finished product. Today, authors write and publishers look after the cover art and editing. If authors were to get 30% or more, they would have to take on these two other jobs. But in a world of desktop publishing tools and social networks to organize work and editing, this will not be hard.Online marketing replacing book tours. It is the bane of the author’s life. The book tour is wonderful the first time: “Wow, I am a real author now.” But this is not the same as musicians going on tour. Musicians are performing their job in its natural environment during live shows; not true of authors reflecting on their books on stage. There are many and much better ways to promote books online.The future of authors can be summed up, then, as: do more of the work and get a bigger percentage of the retail price, which will be lower.PrintersPrinters. Who loves you, baby! Predicting the decline of the printing industry is easy, but hopeful signs exist:Print on demand will significantly increase the types of books that can get printed.Lower prices, resulting from costs eliminated from the supply chain, will increase demand.Globalization will increase demand.It will be interesting to see how digital printing technology, the fundamental driver of print on demand, changes the role of printing over time. Today, we have two extremes:Mass-scale printers, centrally located. We even saw printing move offshore, where labor is cheaper. But this will likely reverse in a print-on-demand world, where immediacy and delivery costs are critical: printing will be done closer to the consumer.Do-it-yourself printing, also known as using the printer in your home or office. Do-it-yourself printing is both expensive (those ink cartridge costs really add up) and a hassle.Digital printing could quite possibly move to a hyper-local network model. Orders would be automatically routed to the printer closest to the consumer. The already existing infrastructure of small-scale local print shops would welcome this model. The book would then be delivered (quickly and cheaply) to a local retailer or the consumer’s home or office. Perhaps the printer would be located in the back office of the retailer?This fits the trend on the Internet of everything moving towards the edge. It is also an environmentally friendly model, reducing emissions from delivery trucks.The model won’t really help existing large-scale, centralized printers, though.PublishersNYMag has a very good article on how big old publishers are faring. It is not a happy tale. It illustrates once again the perils of financially engineered consolidation (think banks and car companies). Book publishing used to be a business in which small firms, run by passionate editors, found great authors and developed personal relationships with them. Occasionally, they struck it rich when one of their authors “caught fire” with the reading public.Today feels like the calm before the storm. Publishers are worrying about the recession. That is a small wave and will soon pass. But we won’t be returning to normal when GDP growth resumes. The three big digitization waves — Google Book Search, e-books, and print on demand — will have a far bigger and more lasting impact.Publishers did quite well during the first phase, when retailers got “Amazoned.” They sold more of their back catalog (i.e. they enjoyed the long tail).On the surface, all is well with the Kindle. Publishers get the same percentage from an e-book that they get when a retailer sells a print version of the book, and their costs are lower. Amazon is playing along. But when it gets more traction, it will squeeze.Publishers have to figure out not so much how to negotiate with Amazon (competition from other consumer electronic devices will take care of that), but how to remain relevant to authors. Even saying this seems contrarian. Publishers have had all the power till now. The bane of an author’s life has been to find a publisher. Plastering the wall with rejection letters and recounting tales of arrogant editors are rites of passage for every author.Unbundling PublishersBut what services exactly do publishers provide to authors? Let’s disassemble the package:Advances. Newbies don’t get them, and the rest don’t need them.Editing. Do you have a social network that could give you constructive criticism?Cover design. Yes, a great one can make a book. But how much do graphic designers charge?ISBN. Here is an interesting one. To be a publisher, you need international standard book numbers (ISBNs). This is actually what defines you as a publisher. An ISBN is a 13-digit number that uniquely identifies a book or book-like product that is published internationally (read more about it here). The application process that takes about 15 days and costs about $250 for 10 titles.Marketing. Some authors will say, “What marketing?” For mega-star authors, publishers have to spend a ton on marketing to recoup their advance. Authors who don’t get advances won’t expect much marketing and will end up doing a lot of the work themselves, which wouldn’t be so bad if they were getting 30%, rather than 10%.Brand. An author may realistically know that the publisher won’t do much marketing and yet still want a brand-name publisher. The reason is partly to feel good: “Wow, I am a real author now.” But it is also a rational calculation. Which is better, selling 100 books and keeping 30% or selling 300 books and keep 10%? That’s right: it is about the same. Does a brand-name publisher increase sales three times?Retailer shelf-space. Publishers take a big risk on their “sale or return” policy with major retailers. So, you might get retail shelf space, but that is changing, as we will see below.Amazon “shelf space”. This is unlimited, so your publisher will get you in here. But any publisher will get its authors in there. Technically, any entity with an ISBN is a publisher.If any entity with an ISBN is a publisher, then authors could act as their own publishers. Or we could see cooperative publishers emerge. Or alternative publishers, such as indie and network publishers, could grow stronger.But let’s consider first how book retailing might evolve.RetailersHere is a bookstore owner’s nightmare. Customer walks in; browses around; has grand old time in this temple of knowledge; peruses a book that costs $27; takes out Kindle and orders it for $17, right there in front of your nose, using your wi-fi connection. Aaagh!You wake up sweating at 3:00 in the morning.Have you noticed all of those best-seller books stacked up at the front of your local bookstore? Did the retailer buy them hoping to sell them all? Of course not. They are relying on a variant of the age-old practice of “sale or return.” Publisher have agreed to take back unsold ones for credit. As this article on Bloomberg states:“Returns date back to the Depression, when publishers implemented the practice as a way to ensure that bookstores would continue stocking new books.”Now that we are in a major recession, or micro-depression, or whatever we’re calling it these days, surely this practice will continue. Well, probably not. Digitization, whether via e-book or print on demand, makes it unnecessary. And publishers simply cannot sustain it. Approximately 25% of their books are being returned. Think of what that does to their profit margins.How can retailers survive if they have to decide what to buy based on their forecast of what will sell? The answer is, they can’t. No one can forecast fickle consumer taste. With retailer’s profit margins being what they are, one small error could lead to an operation’s failure.But they have to stock their shelves with something, right?Not necessarily. Have you noticed that bookstores are becoming more like coffee shops and coffee shops are becoming more like bookstores? And that both have wi-fi?Retail bookstores might look more like community hang-out spots in future, with the following:Good (but expensive) coffee and snacks,Free wi-fi,A few best-selling books and DVDs (under the sale or return policy),A way for patrons to order any book in the universe, while taking a cut of the transaction.This last possibility is not hard to imagine. The customer could have the book delivered to the bookstore if they will be passing by again soon or, for a little extra (plus guilt for the bigger carbon footprint), their home.These coffee shop/bookstores could even host virtual “Meet the author” sessions on a big screen, with back-channel chats going on via Twitter. And they could host book clubs for both face-to-face meetings and online gatherings.If the “local printer” model becomes a reality, book delivery would be immediate. We can even imagine digital printers setting up shop in the back of coffee shop/bookstores?That sounds like fun for readers, authors, and store owners. But for students and the unemployed, the walk to the local library seems all the shorter.And what about big-box bookstores in malls? Nope. Sell your commercial real estate and big-box retailer stock. That will get ugly.The E-Book Device WarToday, the Kindle rules, just as the iPhone and iPod have beaten the devices in their product classes. The Kindle is simply better for readers than Sony’s device. At least, most people think so, and that is what matters.This dominance is threatened from two directions:The Android model. Google has not revealed its long-term plans related to book publishing, but being Google’s, its plans will be ambitious and centered on driving traffic to vendors through free content. Because e-book readers are similar as consumer devices to smartphones, Google will likely use the Android platform as leverage to bring all consumer device manufacturers who want a piece of the action on board. Sony and Google are already working together.The offline/online combo model. We tend to think of book reading as a solitary activity, but that is not how it started, and it is not how you started reading (if you were read to by your parents). The popularity of book clubs proves that it can be a great social activity. It is not hard to imagine some entrepreneur mixing online and offline to create a great social experience, and monetizing it with book purchases. There is no cost to creating the venue for that social experience, but it may be the differentiator.Network Indie Publishing ModelThe traditional publishing industry refers to its alternatives in pejorative terms, such “self-publishing” and “vanity publishing.” We prefer indie publishing. Indie movies bypass the big Hollywood studios. Indie music bypasses the big record labels. And indie books bypass the big publishers. We look at how this could play out in more detail later.Indie publishers already exist, and we may see a lot more. With digitization, the barriers to entry come crashing down. In fact, highly trafficked niche websites could become publishers, because:They draw traffic, which they could use to market books,Their brands are respected, at least within their niches.A website about food could sell cookery books, a site about cars could sell books about cars, and so on. The steps are relatively simple: get an ISBN, make a deal with a print-on-demand vendor, make a deal with Amazon and Sony, and you’re in business. Last but not least, choose good authors.When all you need is an ISBN to become a publisher and earn 30% or more, why make do earning only 4% to 10% as an Amazon affiliate.In this new world, we could see the pie fairly evenly divided in three:Author: one-third,Publisher, who also creates traffic and demand through their website: one-third,Printer or e-book service: one-third. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Analysis#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting bernard lunnlast_img read more