Inkwell: Authors and Artists
Mary Ellen Bates (mebs) Fri 30 Jun 00 06:04
I've been doing work at a client's site the last two days and have been... offline! To respond to a couple of great queries: Like Reva, I subscribe to AIIP-L, and I also continue to read several of the business librarians' lists. There's a lot of peripheral stuff there, but at least once a week or so, I learn something new, or am reminded of some great resource. As for the online landscape WRT free or micropayment. I tend to agree with Reva that the advertiser-supported model won't last for 5 years, at leasta not in its current form. B2C ecommerce has been a great boon to the info industry, as it accustoms people to paying for stuff on the Web, trusting their credit card to the ether, etc. However, I'm still not convinced that people are any more willing now to pay small amounts for information than they have ever been. I tend to think that the trend is toward the CNN.com model. Give away content for free to drive the brand.
Rafe Colburn (rafeco) Fri 30 Jun 00 06:08
I don't see how that's workable for lots of sites, though. What if your site is both your business and your brand? For example, apbnews.com just went out of business despite the fact that they might have been doing the best crime reporting in any medium. Part of the problem was that they blew a ton of cash on advertising, and probably had too many people working for them, but the bottom line is that they couldn't earn enough revenue to keep their business going. I'd like for there to be a niche for Web publishers who are larger than the independent publisher who builds a site as a hobby, and aren't big media outlets like newspapers or broadcast networks. Clearly sites like apbnews.com, Salon, and plenty of others provide valuable content. How do we keep them around?
Linda Castellani (castle) Fri 30 Jun 00 11:49
I can't believe it's been two weeks already! And you've just barely scratched the surface. I thank you all for such a great interview, and please, by all means, continue as long as you like.
Reva Basch (reva) Fri 30 Jun 00 13:01
Alan, yes; the CD includes links to all the sites mentioned in the book, plus some additional ones. Castle and crew, thanks for the opportunity to plug Researching Online For Dummies, 2nd edition.
Mary Ellen Bates (mebs) Fri 30 Jun 00 16:21
And more thanks to <castle> and the hosts, and to our super searcher / interviewer <coop>. The questions have given me food for thought, particularly regarding the future - and future popularity - of Boolean logic.
I kiss your hand... (coop) Fri 30 Jun 00 19:04
Thank you <castle>, Reva, Mebs, and all of you who took the time to join the conversation! Not that I want to stop the dialog...but I have to post this, which may be a great way to thank Mary Ellen and Reva, for their hard work on the book, on this interview, and in their daily searching for the ANSWERS! http://www.1112.net/lastpage.html And, so, there!
better run thru the jungle (sd) Sat 1 Jul 00 04:34
Thanks for spending time with us Reva, Mebs and Coop (lets hear it for coop!) Please buy the book if you haven't everyone. It is living in my laptop bag so that I'll have it everywhere even though I've been looking for info online since 94 or so. P.S. There is lots more to the Well than inkwell.vue. www.well.com
Linda Castellani (castle) Sat 1 Jul 00 18:47
coop - a classy exit, to be sure!
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