Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Future of Publishing

In a recent post by literary agent Nathan Bransford, "The Year In Publishing," Bransford addresses some hot topics over the past year. One of those is E-Publishing. With the Kindle,
Sony Digital Reader and smaller computers, people are relying and more and more on their fancy gadgets to provide them with books, newspapers and magazines.

Bransford says, "The impact of e-books on the book industry remains more theory than fact at this point as they comprise only 5-10% of sales, but they're booming, and the massive earthquake that they represent is beginning to rumble."

Will publishers be necessary any more if everything goes electronic? Unlike a decade ago where the only place to get books and magazines was in a bookstores, we can now download or view all of that from the Internet. If E-publishing continues to rumble, as Bransford says, will writers have to go to publishers or will they be able to post their own work, making publishers a thing of the past?

Bransford continues by saying, "If e-books eventually comprise 50% or 75% or 90% of sales and e-book vendors take all comers, publishers are going to have to make themselves appealing to authors rather than the other way around, while still confronting the perennial challenge of how to stay profitable."

To me these are interesting things to think about and pay attention to. What are you thoughts on E-publishing and the state of the publishing industry in general?


Patricia Stoltey said...

I'm going to have a rough time giving up books made of paper, but it's an emotional attachment rather than a problem with change and technology. Sigh.

Baja Rock Pat said...

I personally don't like to read the computer screen. (Neither does anyone I know.) Even for my own revisions, I don't see my errors unless they're in print; I don't appreciate the full impact of the words unless they're right in front of me on paper. Plus, I love the smell of books and the feel of them in my hands. I will not buy one of those electronic gadgets. Hopefully they're just a passing fad.

Kerrie said...

There is definitely something to be said for the feel, touch and smell of paper.

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