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The Future of Books.

27 Jan

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2012/jan/26/future-of-books-today

This is a great little article in which we get to hear Neil Gaiman’s thoughts on the future of books. He gives traditional publishing about 5 to 10 more years, but like the most of us see more books being created. He then draws a comparison with what happened to the music industry by saying, “There are fewer rock stars travelling the world in their private jets than there were in the old days, but there’s a lot more good music.”

Publishing is certainly heading for new and turbulent times as they sort out how to properly handle the e-reader revolution, but at least for the moment more people are getting published. We may lose our bestsellers but it looks like we are gaining so much more.

Photo from http://darwinslibrary.com/2010/04/evolution-not-extinction/

P.S. I’m also happy to report I’ve now reached over 100 followers. Thank you all for stopping by.

 
8 Comments

Posted by on January 27, 2012 in News

 

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8 responses to “The Future of Books.

  1. Emma Sarah Tennant

    January 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Congratulations on reaching 100 followers! 🙂

    Interesting post. As an editor who has worked in publishing for over 10 years, the future of digital publishing (or is it already here?), self publishing, ebooks and blogs mean exciting times ahead.

     
    • bibliopirate

      January 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      Certainly will be exciting, and I’m thrilled to be starting my career in publishing during these almost chaotic times.

       
  2. Morgan Mussell

    January 28, 2012 at 1:23 am

    Thanks for the post and the link, and congrats on 100 followers.

     
  3. blackcampbell

    January 28, 2012 at 3:02 am

    i think it’s an inevitable move for fiction and materials that are easily consumed on electronic devices. I suspect non-fiction will still survive for a while in print form; same for books that deal with art — it’s easier to peruse a painting in toto on a page (but that’s opinion.)

    The shift is very democratizing, like just about anything on the internet — which means you’ll get a lot of chaff, but a lot more wheat, as well. The danger is that in an attempt to protect intellectual property, something near impossible once you’ve put your idea or art out into the public sphere, the big media giants will manage to convince elected officials to go along with even more onerous forms of censorship in the name of protecting property. We’re seeing the start with SOPA, PIPA, and ACTA — once the politicians realize they can ride legislation to protect their jobs on the back of this kind of law, we’ll have some interesting problems for the future of electronic communication.

    Like the printing press, the internet is simply too dangerous to the status quo. And I love it.

     
    • bibliopirate

      January 28, 2012 at 3:19 am

      Protecting intelectual property will always be an issue, and it can never be completely protected. A person with a pen and paper or scanner can easily steal from a physical book. The problem is no one can truly own an idea. We can make laws to try to protect ideas, but it will always remain a murky area and a contentious issue.

       
  4. spellsingerthemovie

    January 28, 2012 at 7:30 am

    Thanks for this article. We decided after a long contemplation to launch our new kids book online via Itunes as an app. Less hassle with naysaying publishers and we do our own marketing and awareness. If it takes off (Fingers crossed) we will look at a traditional book.

     
    • bibliopirate

      January 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

      That sounds like a great plan, good look with the book.

       
  5. kelloggs77

    January 29, 2012 at 3:20 am

    I also find this interesting, especially since I am looking to publish a children’s book for the first time. I struggle between trying to get picked up by a publishing house and going the self-publishing route. I also wonder how e-books will affect children’s literature in the future considering so much of it relies on illustration. I guess the good thing is there are a lot of options out there for people like me.

     

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