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"Meet the book bloke who made it big on the Web"


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#1 m.oreilly

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:28 AM

http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/9...-book-bloke-web

my cousin tim (named after my dad) :giggle:

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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."

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"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."


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Posted 13 February 2009 - 04:54 AM

holy ish.... Tim O'Reilly is your cousin MO?

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Posted 13 February 2009 - 05:22 AM

si, and cousin james is in there too, somewhere...

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 06:38 AM

Wow. That guy is more respected in the industry than almost anyone. That's some cool stuff.

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Posted 14 February 2009 - 06:49 AM

as you notice...i'm the dodo of the family. i wish he and james all the best...




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