Best of TOC

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Feb 12, 2013 - Computers - 188 pages
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2012 was quite a year for change in the publishing industry.Throughout the year we used the TOC community site (toc.oreilly.com)to provide insightful analysis of the latest industry developments.And since ours is a community site, the articles we publish aren'tjust from the TOC team; we also feature perspectives from many of thetop innovators and publishing experts.

It wasn't easy, but we hand-picked the most noteworthy articles from2012 for inclusion in this Best of TOC collection. We think you'llagree that the more than 60 pieces featured here represent some of themost thought-provoking dialog from the past year. We've arranged thearticles by category, so whether you're most interested in marketing,revenue models, production or innovation in general you'll findsomething to get your creative juices flowing.

 

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At O'Reilly, a big part of our business is paying attention to what's new and interesting in the world of technology. We have a pretty good record at having anticipated some of the big technology developments in recent history. For instance, we launched the first commercial Web site, GNN, in 1993; we organized the meeting at which the term "open source" was first adopted; we were early investors in Blogger, which helped launch the blogging revolution; and more recently, our Web 2.0 conference launched a world-wide meme. We call this predictive sense the "O'Reilly Radar." And while we're certainly not always right, we are, at least, good at making interesting guesses.

Our methodology is simple: we draw from the wisdom of the alpha geeks in our midst, paying attention to what's interesting to them, amplifying these weak signals, and seeing where they fit into the innovation ecology. Add to that the original research conducted by our Research team, and you start to get a good picture of what the technology world is thinking about. What books are people just now starting to buy, and which are falling off in interest? Which tech-related Google AdWords are rising or falling in price? What can we learn from predictive markets tracking tech trends? What do help-wanted ads tell us about technology adoption?

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