Monday, August 23, 2010

The future of publishing

One thing we haven't covered much on Frightening Journeys is the future of publishing. And from the authors I've talked with, the publishing industry is pretty dang frightening.

Let's start with the economy. Ewwww!!! At least in the US, the overall economy is keeping some people from purchasing books. And that means publishers aren't taking risks on new authors.

It also means that bookstores are in trouble. Have you heard the recent news about Barnes and Noble? They are exp
ected to report a loss this week and the board is currently arguing about the future of the stocks and the make up of the overall board of directors. In the world of small, independent bookstores, the news isn't much better. A number of mystery stores have closed in the past few years.

If that weren't enough, there are other changes in the air. No longer is a "book" limited to a paper-based product. You can read just about any printed matter on your computer or e-book reader. But the Kindle stuff isn't read on the Sony reader... Many people are just waiting to see who pulls out ahead in the deal. It reminds me of the VHS/Beta format war.

It's a scary time to be striking out in the publishing world. Or else it is an adventure, just waiting to be undertaken.

Either way, there is change in the air and I'm excited to be a part of it!


1 comment:

Nerine Dorman said...

I personally think it's great that publishing is moving toward more sustainable methods, such as electronic and print on demand. Of course it's going to take a while to change the overall industry but when I see how many books have their covers torn off to be pulped, so vendors can get a refund, it breaks my heart.