my cousin tim (named after my dad)
THERE'S A CERTAIN irony that one of the most successful businesses that's grown up with the Net is a book publisher, the kind of business so many people now think the Net will doom to extinction.
In a chance meeting at a London show in 1997, Tim O'Reilly explained the secret of his burgeoningly successful publishing business: "I publish books people have to buy." That remains one of his company's guiding principles, along with publishing in areas where the company can offer "significant unique value."
"For years, Safari (o'reilly tech publishing, not apple...lol)was bigger than the entire reported size of the book market. Our idea there was based simply on watching TV – subscription channels way outpaced the growth of pay-per-view. The value of having a large aggregate body of information was huge. What can you do better online that you can't do in print? Search a lot of content. It is our second biggest channel - behind only Amazon - for O'Reilly in terms of revenue back to our office."