Today, the world of consumer bookselling is characterized by two polarized
business models: Bricks and Clicks – physical retail bookstores and virtual
The future of consumer bookselling depends on breaking down this polarization
and creating a new hybrid business model that exploits combinatorial
innovation – the combination of existing concepts and technologies to
deliver a business model breakthrough.
My aim here is to offer one view of the future of consumer bookselling by
considering some key issues and outlining a set of synergistic technologies,
then presenting a new business model based on the concept of a
Three Key Issues
There are at least three key issues that consumer bookselling grapples with
on a daily basis:
Browse offline – buy online. The new generation of web-savvy consumers
browses books in the bookstore but buys... (more)
In his book The Art of Action (2011), Stephen Bungay identifies three gaps
that frustrate the ability of organizations to translate plans into actions
that lead to desired outcomes. He calls them the knowledge, alignment and
effects gaps. Here, I wish to reflect on Bungay’s perspective by reviewing
these gaps in terms of the selection and implementation of enterprise
resource planning (ERP) software.
ERP software exerts a significant influence over the way an organization
manages and monitors its performance. In large organizations, ERP software
can touch hundreds, even thousand... (more)
There are 3 new technologies competing for attention on today’s mobile
phones: Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) and Mobile
Tagging (MT). This briefing aims to provide a short introduction to all
three, position them against each other and illustrate how all they can
Augmented Reality (AR)
AR uses the current view (front end) of the real world visible through your
phone camera to display online content (back end) linked to specific objects
located within the view. AR does this by using GPS co-ordinates to figure out
a ‘start position’ of w... (more)
A logline has come to mean a two-sentence description of a film, written in
no more than twenty-eight words.
A step outline is a document that deconstructs a film or screenplay by laying
out the action in sequential narrative steps.
The protagonists are the people whose actions drive the story…How a charac
ter is first seen, what kind of an entrance he makes in the drama, is crucial
to fixing him first in the minds of the reader and then in the minds of the
Dialog can often be improved simply by cutting out every other
GPS co-ordinates, camera angle and range are among the key data points needed
for Augmented reality (AR) to work (apart from the ability to 'layer on'
content and context in the mobile display - no minor feat either). But it is
worth remembering that it is possible just to tag an object so that with a
snap you can find out more about it even if you have a 'legacy' phone with no
GPS or location-based services built-in.
The Geotag simply resolves to a data record that includes the GPS
co-ordinates of the physical tag snapped so that these can in turn be used to
link to content (e.... (more)