Hacker News new | past | comments | ask | show | jobs | submit login

To be fair, he has more than just opinion. He publishes technical books and is the only one in a position to measure the effects of piracy on his business.

He's not going to have big piracy problems, because he was also smart enough to turn SaaS into what is effectively "Books as a Service" (AKA safaribooksonline.com). So he turned a bunch of one time payments for books into a recurring revenue stream that he can use to keep in touch with his audience and which allows him to do things like measuring the demand for new books so he can focus on whatever is hot right now.

In short, anyone who wants to be successful would do well to take notes. He built a publishing business that beats the traditional ones in pretty much every way.




Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact

Search: