A Big Problem for Libraries

Several weeks ago, I had the huge pleasure of attending the final hour of the marathon reading of Moby Dick at the Nantucket Public Library. The stacks that surrounded me were filled with books and al…

Creative Destruction: Solar Wars

Can we compare the original AT&T and the electric power industry? Until 1982, AT&T had a phone system monopoly. Not even imagined, cell phones did not exist. Instead almost everyone received p…

Creative Destruction: Chain Store Wars

Visiting an Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee on Tuesday, President Obama was told by independent booksellers, “We are disheartened to see Amazon touted as a ‘jobs creat…

Happy Birthday Texting!

Sometimes, you never know… At first, it was just a “Merry Christmas” message sent from a computer terminal to a cell phone. The year was 1992, the firm was Vodafone, and the goal was…

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