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Kli | 26th Jan 2008 | 一般 | (522 Reads)

作家天航,在Blog上呼籲網友聲援博益作者,因為博益結業,「市面上所有博益、一本堂書籍,將於三月尾將停止銷售、收回並銷毀,以後也不會出版。而出版社亦不會讓作者取回所有簽約作品的版權。」

在商言商,博益如此結業的話,作為一家有盈餘的公司,實在無必要作此「血本無歸」的選擇。我相信博益若不是正在尋找買家,便是想借結業來和作家從新定立合約(當然會比現時合約賺更多了)。

不管如何,「博益」這個名字,將會成為「集體回憶」。但作者們不用太擔心,我想信博益如此「放風」,各方買家已經主動出手洽購博益版權了。


原文 -- 王子 -- 2008-01-26 11:27:56

(轉載作家天航日誌)

 

博益結業,焚書滅版 

作者需要所有讀者的聲援



謹致 天下有心人:

雖然自知沒有資格代表其他作者說話,但我天航願意以個人名義向大家跪求,
懇請大家出一份力,來幫我們這些作者發出怒吼的聲音!

佳節前夕,發生了香港文化史上的大悲劇── 博益出版社要「停止運作」了。
一本堂是博益出版社的屬下機構,所以也無法倖免。
根據可靠的情報來源,商方竟以「無情欺壓」的方法處理這件事:
「市面上所有博益、一本堂書籍,將於三月尾將停止銷售、收回並銷毀,以後也不會出版。
    而出版社亦不會讓作者取回所有簽約作品的版權。


換句話說,所有作者在博益和一本堂出版的書籍都會變成歷史,
而大家永遠再也無法買到那些曾經爍爍生輝的著作!

我的損失算輕了,就是亞米巴系列的五本書和運動短襪系列將會完全絕版,
亦幸好有自資經營的出版社,日後至少有穩定的收入來源。
但其他作者可是放了好幾年...... 甚至是接近十年的心血在博益!
如大家除看我的書以外,還有看其他一本堂作者的書,
現在是時候去信聲援 你所支持的作者 !(或許你的朋友有看別的作者的書,要立刻通知他們。)
一點鼓勵說話安慰說話也好,作者現在真的很需要大家的聲援!(我暫時不需要關心,請先關心其他作者吧!)

我們是文人,在商業主義掛帥的香港不被重視的一伙人。
沒錢賺的話,商人絕對有權主宰我們的生死。
哪怕要在商人的勢力下低著頭做人,我們也忍著了,只為了繼續拿著筆桿創作。

但商人要剝奪我們的一切了,剝奪我們耗掉幾年光陰在稿紙上熬夜寫出的作品。

我們曾經寫過的小說,真的要就此在世上消失嗎?
版權法是為了保護我們,還是為了保護出版社的利益?

如果大家能看畢我這段字,只是發出一聲感慨,然後關掉瀏覽器,當作甚麼事也沒發生過......
那我會為你鼓掌,但我會在背後以怨憤的目光瞪著你,
因為你果然是個寡情薄義自私自利的純正冷血統香港人。

我們作者現在需要的不是賠償了,我們只想拿回我們的作品。

這件事沒有更多人為我們出聲的話,商人就可以暗暗地將我們「宰殺掉」。

我們平時寫作,所賺的錢真的比會計部文員更低,看著我們被商人欺負,你們能視若無睹嗎?

所以,我懇求天下有心人為我們這些作者做一些事:

1. 想盡辦法將這件事傳出去,在你經常去的論壇 或新聞機構的網頁 留言!總之讓香港市民知道這件事!

2. 在你的網誌寫文章,以「博益結業」為題或作TAG;

3. 去信聲援你所支持的作者,呼籲你的朋友加入聲援行列。



我是有點激動,但此事 事關重大,一秒也不能延遲,天航為此可向各讀者下跪。

我們作者現在真的很需要一團跟我們站在同一陣線的朋友!

除非,你們想我們永遠消失。

本人在此祈願。謝謝。

天航怒字。


Kli | 22nd Jan 2008 | 創業日誌 | (710 Reads)

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Kli | 21st Jan 2008 | 一般 | (4450 Reads)

 

一齣只得70幾分鐘(短得厲害)的電影,未看到一半,已經有大概1/4人離場,實在平生未見。

末世凶煞究竟是一齣怎樣的電影?

挾著大熱劇集《迷》(Lost) 監製JJ Abrams的大名而來,還要全球同步上影,公影前連劇情大綱也絕對保密,要知道劇情,只得親身入場觀看。

一般觀眾,相信會從戲名、電影預告片、電影海報、娛樂新聞等資料來源,歸納出「末世凶煞是一齣災難片」的結論,但若果以「荷里活災難片」來歸類的話,相信大部份觀眾都會大失所望,大叫回水。

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Kli | 11th Jan 2008 | 創業研究 | (677 Reads)

全中... 實在講得太好了。

原文出處:Top Ten Myths of Entrepreneurship


This is a guest post by Scott Shane as a follow up to his entrepreneurship test. He is the A. Malachi Mixon Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at Case Western Reserve University. He is the author of seven books, the latest of which is The Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths That Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By. Many entrepreneurs believe a bunch of myths about entrepreneurship, so here are ten of the most common and the realities that bust them:

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    1. It takes a lot of money to finance a new business. Not true. The typical start-up only requires about $25,000 to get going. The successful entrepreneurs who don’t believe the myth design their businesses to work with little cash. They borrow instead of paying for things. They rent instead of buy. And they turn fixed costs into variable costs by, say, paying people commissions instead of salaries.

    2. Venture capitalists are a good place to go for start-up money. Not unless you start a computer or biotech company. Computer hardware and software, semiconductors, communication, and biotechnology account for 81 percent of all venture capital dollars, and seventy-two percent of the companies that got VC money over the past fifteen or so years. VCs only fund about 3,000 companies per year and only about one quarter of those companies are in the seed or start-up stage. In fact, the odds that a start-up company will get VC money are about one in 4,000. That’s worse than the odds that you will die from a fall in the shower.

    3. Most business angels are rich. If rich means being an accredited investor –a person with a net worth of more than $1 million or an annual income of $200,000 per year if single and $300,000 if married – then the answer is “no.” Almost three quarters of the people who provide capital to fund the start-ups of other people who are not friends, neighbors, co-workers, or family don’t meet SEC accreditation requirements. In fact, thirty-two percent have a household income of $40,000 per year or less and seventeen percent have a negative net worth.

    4. Start-ups can’t be financed with debt. Actually, debt is more common than equity. According to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Small Business Finances, fifty-three percent of the financing of companies that are two years old or younger comes from debt and only forty-seven percent comes from equity. So a lot of entrepreneurs out there are using debt rather than equity to fund their companies.

    5. Banks don’t lend money to start-ups. This is another myth. Again, the Federal Reserve data shows that banks account for sixteen percent of all the financing provided to companies that are two years old or younger. While sixteen percent might not seem that high, it is three percent higher than the amount of money provided by the next highest source – trade creditors – and is higher than a bunch of other sources that everyone talks about going to: friends and family, business angels, venture capitalists, strategic investors, and government agencies.

    6. Most entrepreneurs start businesses in attractive industries. Sadly, the opposite is true. Most entrepreneurs head right for the worst industries for start-ups. The correlation between the number of entrepreneurs starting businesses in an industry and the number of companies failing in the industry is 0.77. That means that most entrepreneurs are picking industries in which they are mostlikely to fail.

    7. The growth of a start-up depends more on an entrepreneur’s talent than on the business he chooses. Sorry to deflate some egos here, but the industry you choose to start your company has a huge effect on the odds that it will grow. Over the past twenty years or so, about 4.2 percent of all start-ups in the computer and office equipment industry made the Inc 500 list of the fastest growing private companies in the U.S. 0.005 percent of start-ups in the hotel and motel industry and 0.007 percent of start-up eating and drinking establishments made the Inc. 500. That means the odds that you will make the Inc 500 are 840 times higher if you start a computer company than if you start a hotel or motel. There is nothing anyone has discovered about the effects of entrepreneurial talent that has a similar magnitude effect on the growth of new businesses.

    8. Most entrepreneurs are successful financially. Sorry, this is another myth. Entrepreneurship creates a lot of wealth, but it is very unevenly distributed. The typical profit of an owner-managed business is $39,000 per year. Only the top ten percent of entrepreneurs earn more money than employees. And the typical entrepreneur earns less money than he otherwise would have earned working for someone else.

    9. Many start-ups achieve the sales growth projections that equity investors are looking for. Not even close. Of the 590,000 or so new businesses with at least one employee founded in this country every year, data from the U.S. Census shows that less than 200 reach the $100 million in sales in six years that venture capitalists talk about looking for. About 500 firms reach the $50 million in sales that the sophisticated angels, like the ones at Tech Coast Angels and the Band of Angels talk about. In fact, only about 9,500 companies reach $5 million in sales in that amount of time.

    10. Starting a business is easy. Actually it isn’t, and most people who begin the process of starting a company fail to get one up and running. Seven years after beginning the process of starting a business, only one-third of people have a new company with positive cash flow greater than the salary and expenses of the owner for more than three consecutive months.


Kli | 8th Jan 2008 | 一般 | (644 Reads)

Bill Gates 終於決定不再全職在Microsoft工作,轉為全職在他的慈善基金工作... 一個光輝時代,又再揭開新一頁。