Craig ‘n’ me

I just found out that Craig Newmark will lead the discussion at my book event this Thursday in San Francisco at Booksmith, 1644 Haight St., at 730p. So don’t come for me. Come for Craig!

The night before, I’ll also be doing a talk and signing at Books Inc. in Mountain View, 301 Castro St., at 730.

And for Googlers, I’ll be in a book event at Google on Wednesday at 1pm.

NOTE: I had the wrong address earlier for Booksmith. It’s 1644 Haight.

  • Thanks Jeff for blogging about the upcoming event at The Booksmith. Just a small note… the address of the bookstore is “1644” Haight Street.

    Look forward to seeing you Thursday! Praveen and I have been reading your book and enjoying it! I’m thinking “If Google were a literary events space & bookstore, what would it do? ;-)

    — Christin, co-owner, The Booksmith — an independent bookstore in San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury

    • Eric Gauvin

      Hi Christin,

      I haven’t been to your bookstore, but I can imagine I’d love it.

      Sad but true (you’ll have to ask Jeff what he thinks), but I think what google would do is provide internet access to *all* books (either for free, or for purchase, or through some ad-supported scheme) and completely wipe out bookstores like yours. I’m sure Jeff would have advice for you, but not sure if you know he uses the decline of print media as support of many of his theories about the expansion of the internet. Come to think of it, in a place like SF, I’d expect a protest to greet him at your storefront.

      • Thanks Eric for your thoughts!

        Yes, it’s quite contrarian in this day and age to believe in the relevance of small independent bookstores like The Booksmith. But we believe neighborhood bookstores like ours have never been just about selling books. In many ways we are a community center & gathering place in our neighborhood. We host 100+ events each year — any given night you’ll find an interesting talk on culture, fiction, local history, current events — and even the provocative title like Jeff’s.

        It’s interesting that right now, in a time of economic & social unease, The Booksmith is proving to be as relevant as ever. As we try to seek insight & understanding by having conversations (in person and online), we serve a vibrant community of thinking people who won’t settle for a bookstore (online or offline) that provides less than a welcoming place to gather.

    • Eric Gauvin

      Wow. Your bookstore sounds nice. Especially the “community center and gathering place” part. Sounds like fun. I really truly hope lots of people in your vibrant community of thinking people challenge Jeff Jarvis’ fast-talking sales pitch.

    • Eric Gauvin

      For the vibrant community of thinking people…

  • Eric Gauvin

    Dear Jeff,

    How much longer do you think little, privately-owned bookstores like The Booksmith will be in business (and I don’t mean as a google ad-supported website). You’ve made a lot of predictions about the decline and collapse of old media, so surely these little guys aren’t the exception, are they? Frankly, as much as I love these little bookstores, I can see why their days are numbered.

    What *Would* Google Do?

    Do you think The booksmith will be around in 5 years?

  • Jeff,

    Look forward to hearing what the “official” Googlers think of your book. Wish you would make a stop in Minnesota! Good luck.

    Caroline Lowe

  • Eric Gauvin

    Jeff Jarvis says:
    February 18, 2009 at 9:13 am

    And Eric, for the vibrant community of thinking people of one: you…

    I don’t think the argument backfires at all. There’s nothing wrong with writing a book for profit and marketing it and advertising it on the internet. But you don’t seem to describe it in those simple terms. You give the impression that there’s something much more world-changing going on. Also, I think you said that’s an old business model that no longer works in the new post-google world now that everything is *free* on the internet. The problem is you have so many vaguely interesting and alluring ideas floating all over the place, it’s hard to really pin you down on anything (that’s the fast-talking used car salesman thing that seems to severely undermine your credibility, in my book).

    • And you enjoy poking that button again and again, I see.
      I am not on good broadband right now or I’d point you to much I’ve written here on the topic trying to get more specific (try the tags “newbiznew,” “newsinnovation,” “newspapers”). I’ve also held conferences on the topic of getting quite specific on new business models for news. And I am convening a working group to create open and complete business models. I’d say that’s going to get pretty darned specific.
      I’m sharing my spreadsheets. I’ll be eager to see yours.

      • Eric Gauvin

        Yes. It is a bit of a hobby of mine to watch Jeff Jarvis maneuver about the world of web gurus.

        I don’t get what you mean about seeing my “spreadsheets.” I guess you’re calling into question my credibility. As I’ve pointed out before. I’m really just an average guy. (I don’t claim to be a visionary like you, but I have my own ideas about the internet and I think I have a pretty good BS-meter).

        • No, Eric, I’m saying that if you’re asking for specifics from me I can ask for them from you. I want to hear your ideas. Don’t demure. And don’t just attack. Construct.

        • Eric Gauvin

          I think I’ve been pretty specific… I think you’re full of crap most of the time and mostly interested in Jeff Jarvis.

        • And you’ve made that point again and again. Got it. Now can we have a discussion about the specifics and move past the insults? It adds little.

        • Eric Gauvin

          No. It adds a lot. My goal is not to insult you at all (although I know it’s not the nicest thing to be called a phony). I think you’re a very smart and charming guy. I think the internet has been a great way for you to promote yourself, and you’ve been very successful at doing that, but my hope is that eventually the internet will also encourage more scrutiny of your ideas.