This Is The Modern Publishing Business Bewares Publishing

Scammers used to operate at the edges of the publishing business, but have wormed their way into its heart. And the entire industry is in denial. An unintentionally revealing aspect of the tiresome Amazon-Hachette dispute was a series of statements from an organization purporting to advocate for authors’ rights. One of the heinous crimes Amazon was said to have committed was treating books like toasters. With such a claim, Authors United was attempting to tap into a current of feeling about the commoditization of literature – as if Amazon was the first company to put a price tag on a book, and writers around the country were hitherto living off laurels and kudos. It’s tempting to suggest that other entities Read More…

Changes in the Publishing Industry

The publishing industry is in the throes of some pretty major changes, and the full effects will take years to play out.  Hardly a week goes by without distressing headlines.  Publishers are downsizing, booksellers are going to the wall, even distributors are feeling the pinch. The roots of publishers’ woes can be traced back to the Great Depression when booksellers insisted on a returns policy that would allow them to ship back unsold books.  This policy kept booksellers (and some publishers) afloat during some tumultuous economic times. When the economy rebounded in the run up to WWII, and expanded in its aftermath, this policy remained in place, and still exists today.  This has had a number of important effects.