The Writing Edge for Business Writers: 3/6/15

Mar 6, 2015 | Profit

You’re a businessperson. You may not think of yourself as a writer, but you know that writing well can boost your results and your career. Naturally, you want to do better. Every week I point you to one or two pieces that I think will teach you something or spark an idea or two. This week I’m pointing you to pieces on the possible demise of Google+ and why lots of people still want print books.

From Becky Robinson: Google+ is Going Away…Kind Of

“Google won’t say how Google+ will morph or what the timeline is, but Google-watchers predict a new future for Google + photos and Google hangouts, both features that did catch on while the social channel floundered. Google+ photos is a dynamic way to store, edit and share photos. That feature will likely expand. In fact, Bradley Horowitz has been put in charge of Google photos and streams projects. Watch for potentially exciting new announcements on that front. Google Hangouts have become a resource for television news stations. Podcasters, virtual companies and more. The Hangout will likely continue and grow, too. Worth keeping an eye on.”

Why this is worth reading: Becky covers the situation and possibilities about what will happen with Google+. If you use social media you will want to consider how changes at Google+ will affect you.

From Dana Beth Weinberg: Why Authors and Readers Still Want Print

“Some of the biggest book industry events and trends of the past few years, including the closing of Borders bookstores, the rise in popularity of tablets and e-readers and the exponential growth in the number of ebooks (as well as of digital-only authors and publishers) could easily give the impression that print is becoming obsolete. But print matters—to both authors and readers.”

Why this is worth reading: Dana Beth Weinberg always does a great job of making sense of the numbers. If you write or publish books, this will give you some useful insights.

Sources I Check Regularly

I find the posts and articles that I share with you on The Writing Edge in many places. But there are a few that provide insightful pieces again and again. Here they are.

The CopyBlogger Blog


Digital Book World

Becky Robinson’s Weaving Influence