Friday, June 8, 2012

Daily Thoughts 06/08/2012

A peaceful read. Signed and dated 'Kilburne 1869', watercolour heightened with bodycolour, 24.5 x 35 cm George Goodwin Kilburne, 1869

Daily Thoughts 06/08/2012

This morning, I read a little bit more of Clean Tech Nation.  San Francisco is the #1 city for investment in clean technology, New York City is the #4 city for clean technology investment according to the book.  There are a number of incubators for clean technology in New York.  I have not visited any yet.  I noticed that the book is reviewed in the June 4, 2012 Publishers Weekly.  It gets mixed reviews which for the most part seem about right.  This book is more for someone who already knows a bit about clean technology.

I also updated the Twitter and Facebook pages for the library and checked the displays. 

I am back to work.  I brought some of the books from Book Expo America in to donate to the collection.  I also gave a few titles to young adult and sorted through some publishers catalogs this morning.  I am looking at the list of RITA finalists from the Romance Writers of America.  We also got a donation of fiction books including some Beverly Lewis who writes Amish fiction.  I enjoyed going to the conference.  The one disappointment I had was that some of the genre fiction was not there.  There was plenty of romance and fantasy, but not enough horror, mystery, or science fiction.  I also noticed there was a dropoff in the amount of comics publishers as well.  This could be attributed to the growth of New York Comic Con.

Two books came in for me to read, The Founder's Dilemma Anticipating and Avoiding The Pitfalls That Can Sink A Startup by Noam Wasserman and John Sutherland, Lives of the Novelists.  I have two New York Times Book Reviews to read and a copy of Publishers Weekly.  Publishers Weekly had a few special issues at Book Expo America.  One of them was on religion.

I read through the New York Times Book Reviews and put the book It Worked For Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell on hold.  I think it should be an informative book.  I noticed that Publishers Weekly changed its format for bestsellers.  It is now using Nielsen Bookscan which is a big improvement.  This means it will include information on how many copies were sent out to bookstores.

On the way home, I finished reading Clean Tech Nation How the U.S. Can Lead In the New Global Economy by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder.  I disagree that the answer is to provide more government programs to stimulate clean technology.  I think that it draws the wrong conclusions.  My viewpoint is that the first thing to work on is to make renewable energy cheaper than coal or fossil fuels.  This means I would like to be able to buy wind power at the same price as a coal fired power plant, not pay extra to join a special renewable energy plan from my utility. In many instances, wind power has grid parity with coal.  Also, I would like it to be easy to recycle things.  I believe in the five Rs, reduce, reuse, recycle, recover, and remanufacture.  The easier, the better.  Make it easy and cheap to get clean technology. Give clear explanations on how Cradle to Cradle manufacturing or industrial ecology work.  This should be the same for energy efficiency.  I hate the market hype around renewables.

I also do not like the way many of the government programs are put together.  Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder have a seven point plan in the book, I want to see a three point plan that everyone can understand.  I want to see things said like clean technology creates local jobs, clean technology require local maintenance, clean technology is good for the environment, and that major business people like Larry Page, Vinod Khosla, and Elon Musk are investing in clean technology.   In my opinion clean technology should be seen as a business not a government subsidy.  Also the book was very international in flavor focusing on China, Germany, Japan, Brazil and not enough on how the United States could be more competitive.

For me clean technology is like desktop manufacturing with Makerbot and additive manufacturing.  It is local, creates local jobs, and it says to me this will be made in America.   The hype about nanotechnology bothered me a bit in the book Clean Tech Nation.

I started reading The Founder's Dilemma by Noam Wasserman.  This book starts with the founder and of course goes from there with the process of adding people.  My thought is all startups start with an idea and a founder.  The idea is not that hard to come up with, for example, a website that reviews and sells book apps, or reviews ebook originals-- ebooks that will never be in print form.  Or maybe, a publishing operation that focuses on providing downloadable ebooks to educational startups or websites.

Web Bits

Social Reading Is Coming Deal With It
Bookshout and Read Social seem to be on target.  Also Findings is on target.  There will be enough companies for this to be definite phenomenon.

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