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Editor-in-Chief

Pub Talk

By Denis Wilson

About Denis

Denis Wilson is the senior editor for Publishing Executive and Book Business magazines. In this role, he keeps a finger on the pulse of the publishing world, especially in terms of how tech innovations are affecting the industry.

Previously Denis was editor of WetFeet Magazine and WetFeet.com, both geared toward providing job seekers with insightful career advice. As a freelance writer, Denis’ work has been published by The New York Times, Fast Company.com, RollingStone.com, Fortune.com and Philadelphia City Paper.

Denis has a Master’s Degree in Magazine, Newspaper and Online Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y.

You can find him here: dwilson@napco.com

Or here: @denis_philly

 

Publishers' Dojo

Linda Ruth
How to Look at Your 2014 Sales
Feb 23, 2015

So far I have spent 2015 deep in analyses of publishers' sales in 2014 and before. That probably puts me...



Media Vent

Bob Sacks
Why Print Magazines Are Not Necessarily Facing Armageddon
Feb 19, 2015

My optimism may be hard to understand with all the data that on the surface seems so damned negative. To...



B2B Beat

Andy Kowl
Private Equity Firms Taking Over B2B Media
Jan 13, 2015

Private Equity firms are now the dominant players in B2B publishing. They probably own less than half of all B2B...



Industry Insiders

The Insiders
The Real Cost of Content Marketing
Dec 10, 2014

How do you respond to advertisers who want to blog more and advertise less? Do you discuss with them the...



The Digital Market

Thea Selby
Top 5 Mobile Trends for Publishers—It’s Good News, Folks
Jul 7, 2014

Mary Meeker of Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers is one of my s/heroes. In this day and age of branded...



Publisher's Paradox

Andrew Davis
Publisher’s Paradox: Your Newsletter Subscribers Are Being Overfed
Apr 28, 2014

Charlie Magazine, based in Charleston, South Carolina, isn't asking its readers to subscribe to everything. Instead, Charlie is inviting readers...



Resurgence of Vinyl Should Remind Publishers of Their Core Fans

Last week this article from The Media Briefing about the "resurgence" of vinyl circulated in our offices. Resurgence is in quotes there because vinyl, though experiencing noteworthy growth after being nearly eviscerated by cassette tapes then CDs then iPods and now streaming music, remains a tiny fraction of the overall sales of music. (Note the table in that article showing units sold from early '70s to today.)


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Facebook Co-Founder and New Republic Publisher Chris Hughes: Why Print is the ‘Crown Jewel’ of the Business

Last month I had the chance to attend the Adobe Digital Symposium in New York. Much of sessions focused on how brand marketers are harnessing the power of tablet and mobile publishing tools. However, as part of the day's events, Chris Hughes, publisher and editor-in-chief of The New Republic joined head of Adobe's digital publishing Nick Bogaty for a Q&A session.  Read More >>

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February Issue of Publishing Executive Out Now

Last week another action-packed issue of Publishing Executive hit subscribers' inboxes. In case you missed it, check out the digital edition here. And if you're not yet a subscriber, sign up here for your free digital (or print) subscription.  Read More >>

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Slow Down Old World, You're Moving Too Fast

One of my favorite songs off one of the best country albums ever is "Slow Down Old World" by Willie Nelson. He released the song on the Shotgun Willie album in 1973. The world was moving too fast for Willie then and is moving too fast for us today.  I have the album on vinyl and it's impossible to listen to Willie's languid singing and look at the weathered album sleeve and not slow down for a minute. That's why it's timeless music.  Read More >>

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Demand Media: A Story of Garbage In, Garbage Out

Earlier this week we aggregated a news item by Variety that reported on the downfall of content farming operation Demand Media. I suppose you shouldn't relish in someone else's failure, but it's hard not to be pleased by the fact that "the internet" is increasingly rewarding creators and publishers of high-quality content.  Read More >>

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Good Native Advertising Has Little To Fear From FTC

Today, in Washington D.C., the Federal Trade Commission is exploring the blurring of lines that is occurring between digital content and digital advertisements. Clearly, publishers and marketers are concerned the government could put a damper on what some see as a magic elixir for digital publishing.

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Politico Magazine: Or How The Web Turned To Print

Last week I wrote about the continued importance of magazine covers, as well as the trend of online-born publications, such as Pitchfork and The Awl, experimenting with digital magazine-style formats. With perfect timing, the first issue of Politico Magazine landed on our doorstep today in all its printed glory. The cover features a well-designed through-the-keyhole image of Barack Obama in his office, intended to convey the isolation and loneliness of being the one and only president of the

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Magazine Covers Still Matter -- Because Understanding The World Is Valuable

As should happen when you see a very well done magazine cover, I paused for a moment when I saw BloombergBusinessweek's cover on Twitter's IPO last week. I did so because it simply and beautifully encapsulated what the Twitter IPO represents -- a social media tool that seemed to be a silly little thing just a few years ago had achieved Wall Street-levels of sophistication. 
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