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Old December 3 2008, 08:56 PM   #1
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Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA6619516.html

I've seen articles covering layoffs all over the publishing biz, plus Wizards of the Coast. Terrible time for it to happen. My condolences to all who are now suddenly out of work at this time of year.
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Old December 4 2008, 01:00 AM   #2
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

Wow, I'm really sorry to hear about this.
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Old December 4 2008, 02:15 AM   #3
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

Overall economy aside, it's already a difficult time for the publishing industry. Bookstores are changing their whole stock model as they shift to selling backlist through their websites . . . the average new hardcover gets about three months on the shelf before aggressive returns hit. There are still lots of people that need to pick a book off the shelf before they buy it, but if the book has already been returned, they're not going to find it.

I wish some of the big websites would create virtual book shelves so you could look at spines and then with a click look at covers, something that would help an online browser capture the feel of quickly looking along the shelves of your favorite section.
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Old December 4 2008, 02:49 AM   #4
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

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I wish some of the big websites would create virtual book shelves so you could look at spines and then with a click look at covers, something that would help an online browser capture the feel of quickly looking along the shelves of your favorite section.
The online retailer that can recreate the browsing experience is going to reap massive rewards. Not just because they're going to see their sales increase, but because they're going to have a product they can patent and sell to other online retailers.

The problem with online retailers today is that they're so directed. You search for what you want by using product names and keywords. But you miss out on so much that way. I can walk in a Barnes & Noble and wander at random from section to section, picking up books as the spirit moves me, sometimes based on the cover, sometimes based on just being random. But their website doesn't give me that. And giving me suggestions based on things I've bought in the past is useful, but it's not even in the same league.
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Old December 4 2008, 03:28 AM   #5
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Re: Simon and Schuster cuts 35 jobs

I don't know if it's quite what you're talking about, but they are doing something a little bit like what you are talking about on the Borders website.
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Old December 4 2008, 03:58 AM   #6
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Didn't mean to derail the subject . . . I'm still worried about the good folks at Simon & Schuster who just got the rug pulled out from under them at the worst time of year.
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Old December 4 2008, 12:26 PM   #7
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Very sorry to hear this especially at this time of year.
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Old December 4 2008, 06:23 PM   #8
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Very sorry to hear this especially at this time of year.
Yes, I'm so sorry as well. This is my second Christmas season unemployed. I sincerely hope those laid off can find other positions as soon as possible.

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Old December 4 2008, 06:44 PM   #9
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I once got laid off, at the company's Christmas Eve party. As I was walking in, my supervisor pulled me aside, let me know that the company was letting me go.

Yeah, that Christmas party was a downer. :/

The next day, I was having Christmas dinner with my parents and my sister. My sister asked me how work was going. "Got laid off yesterday," I said; I hadn't told anyone yet. Kinda cast a pall on the entire dinner.
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Old December 4 2008, 07:25 PM   #10
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It's been reported that Trek editor Marco Palmieri was among those laid off yesterday.
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Old December 4 2008, 07:28 PM   #11
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Ouch. I wish him (and the others) luck.
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Old December 4 2008, 08:07 PM   #12
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That really hurts.
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Old December 4 2008, 08:09 PM   #13
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Well, this sucks. No better way to put it.
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Old December 4 2008, 08:24 PM   #14
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It's been reported that Trek editor Marco Palmieri was among those laid off yesterday.
If true, that's bad news for Marco (and I can relate, being unemployed myself). But it's also bad news for Star Trek books fans.

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ETA: I just noticed that Robert Greenberger wrote the article, so I assume it's accurate.

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Old December 4 2008, 08:33 PM   #15
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We still have Margaret Clark.
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