jeff bezos and the age of amazon

January 19, 2014

Just started reading Jeff Bezos and The Age Of Amazon by Brad Stone. Stone is Senior writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and has written on technology for a number of years.
I’m only 65 pages into a 345 (effectively) book so Amazon is 5 years old and suffering ridiculous growth. Bezos is already coming across as visionary. Reads at the moment though as unauthorised which the review by Mackenzie Bezos suggests was the case.
Company been around for a long time and seems like one of the few high profile early pioneers still in existence who are doing ever-increasing amounts of business as they continually innovate and provide a service ahead of competitors.

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Book Conference- timely topic

July 23, 2010

Every day seems to bring another article about how the book publishing industry is being affected by technology. eBooks, eReaders, online book sellers etc. Today’s story was about how authors signed to Agent Andrew Wylie’s agency were aiming to cut out the publishers and sell directly to Amazon. My research paper due to be presented at the 8th Annual Conference On The Book at the University of St Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland is about what the book publishing industry can learn from how the film industry dealt with new technology in the late 1970’s early 1980’s. Today’s story reminded me of the end of the long-term contract studios signed with authors. I might discuss these parallels in the paper also now as it seems apt and again similar models might be adopted by book publishers.

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57 Images Of My Father

April 12, 2010

Almost ready to start work on 57 Images Of My Father. I have one pass to do on the Five Wives Of Fela Kuti play which I am hoping to complete mid-week and then once, as a bit of a palette cleanser I have made notes on a new comic play idea I have, I can move onto 57 Images. The new idea and 57 Images are kind of related though very differently treated. Also similar in theme to my 2006 play Natural Breaks and Rhythms (playtext available here).

Perhaps by this time next week.


Akira Kurosawa

March 23, 2010

On the anniversary of his birth I was wondering why there isn’t a decent box set collection. This was due to my just going to the usual sources, Amazon and Play.com. Then I found this site where all 33 of his films can be purchased for only £59.00!! One order on its way!

kurosawa box set cover picture


Turner vs The Masters

January 22, 2010

Went to the Turner vs The Masters Exhibition at the Tate Britain.

I love Turner’s work and the stories about his attitude to life. I haven’t been to the Tate Britain for a while now, for a good number of years I would go on annual visits to London to see the Turner stuff, so I really enjoyed it. Bought the exhibition catalogue by Solkin and a biographer by James Hamilton (Biog from Amazon as it was £4.00 cheaper than in the shop).

The exhibition closes on the 31st of this month.

In the free Turner part of the museum there were new works to me on display and a good exhibition about his craft and techniques.

Will read them after either the Mack Sennett book I’m currently not quite finishing or after the Thames book by Peter Ackroyd or the Homicide book by David (Homicide: Life On The Streets; The Wire) Simon.

Turner is the one person so far who springs to mind that I have considered writing a screenplay or stageplay about. Not really been overly interested in doing biog pieces but this guy’s story would be fantastic and incredibly visual.

I also took a stroll down the the Tate Modern but didn’t enjoy that as much.


August Wilson

May 2, 2008

Ordered August Wilson’s century cycle a couple of days ago. After reading a feature on him I decided to buy it. He wrote Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Fences, etc among others. I’ve not read any of his work. The report described how he collected disparate themes, images and ideas and then worked up some sort of structure and that struck me as similar to the way that I work.

Popped into Waterstones to spend a token I had left over on four Lorca plays (see fela  research post) . I decided to check out WIlson and Century Cycle is £200.00 for 10 book there. On Amazon it’s £90.00. Amazing discount.

Should arrive in a couple of weeks so looking forward to reading them.


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