Publishers' shibboleths vs the future of publishing


5 Responses to “Publishers' shibboleths vs the future of publishing”

  1. Nectar says:

    I think you should read down into the comments after the (linked) article.
    It gets comprehensively demolished in almost every post. I’m usually with you on copyright etc, but this is a poorly thought through piece that’s all questions and no trousers.

  2. Funklord says:

    Can we declare a ban on posts that quote some random self-declared authority who tells us the shocking message that the publishing industry is dying due to new technologies, and that “new business models” are needed, but offers no actual new business models? I mean, isn’t Clay Shirky making enough of a living playing Chicken Little? How many more do we need? How about some real suggestions and solutions instead of yet another dire warning?

  3. Slizzered says:

    I consider myself a pretty serious reader. Average about 3 books per week ranging over just about every genre and subject. I wouldn’t pay a thin goddamn dime for some sort of “re-mixed” fan fiction.

    You’re a publisher and want my money? Publish well written original material. Want me to check your book out of the library or simply speed-read it at a Borders? Offer an “modernized/updated” version of a better book written 70+ years ago, or compilations of material I could just as easily find in another (free) format elsewhere.

  4. EscapingTheTrunk says:

    There was a recent discussion of this over at Making Light, and I said there the same thing I’m about to say here:

    *Publish works online DRM-free
    *Scale up the luxury of publications with NIN/Radiohead/Amanda Palmer-style releases that include quality prints, t-shirts, podcasts, art, recipe cards, whatever
    *Do more all-ages appearances during the promotion cycle

    TL;DR: TopSpin for writers.

  5. Evan says:

    Seems like he’s saying that, because readers are both writers AND talkers now, publishing needs to adapt.

    Haven’t those two things always been true?

    People have always met to discuss books. People have always written down their thoughts about books, in journals, essays, other books, and now online.

    Seems to me, publishing books is one thing. What people do with them is, and always will be, another.

    Writing down my thoughts about books, or sharing them with others, isn’t something I want any publisher involved in. How could they be?

    Sitting alone, or with others, and ruminating on a book isn’t a “service” and can never be sold.

    If publishing is failing, it isn’t because they aren’t adapting to these “new” developments.

    Are we sure it’s failing at all?

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