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Publishing Industry Change

Monday, January 5, 2009 @ 07:01 PM Karen Hood

The publishing world continues to change as we speak. Debates flourish as to the future of the publishing industry. Will the published book as we know it continue to survive, or will the electronic age totally take over? What does this mean to the world of publishers? How will small press publishers survive? Small presses already struggle to keep pace in today’s rapidly changing market. We invite you to share your experience and knowledge of the publishing world with other bloggers, authors, and publishing companies. Come back and visit often.

7 Responses to “Publishing Industry Change”

  1. B Koerperich says:

    It sure seems like we’re moving more and more toward e-books.

  2. Sharron Thompson says:

    The publishing world is definitely changing at a fast pace. I do think that there will always be people who still want to have an actual book in hand.

    I enjoy the small amount of time that I actually get to sit down with a paperback and read. Usually the only free time that I get to read is when we are camping or on vacation. I work with a computer for hours daily and I wouldn’t get any enjoyment reading a book online or on a reader.
    Just give me a good old paperback!

  3. Beverly K says:

    I agree!! Curling up with a computer screen (reader) just isn’t the same as curling up with a book with pages to turn. I can see that they would be convenient to carry around, and the readers do have some really nice features (dictionary, ability to take notes, search feature), but I would still rather have a real book.

  4. Mistylynn says:

    I love reading a book once in a while. I have tried the Bible on cassette and cd and other books on cassette and such which is probably a lot like being on one of those reading devices. I don’t like it. I like having a book on paper so if I need to read over a paragraph or two I can without having to worry about pushing buttons or anything of the sort.

    I think a lot of people will go towards the readers because they would more compact, offer more choices on one device. I can see a reader having access to a hundred books or more, but if you had to lug around 100 paperback books with you everywhere you went it wouldn’t be a feasible idea. It would fill up the whole backseat and trunk of a vehicle probably or even more. If you wanted variety at your fingertips then I could possibly see using a reader.

  5. MsCarter says:

    It’s my opinion that a good book is a good book. Whether it’s a large publishing house or simply one that’s doing business right next door, solid writers will continue to surface and those of us who love to read will seek them out.

    Industry changes are inevitible, and a necessary part of growth and deveopment that add to a better product overall. For me, it all boils down to personal preference. I appreciate that there are plenty of options for every individual. Read on!

  6. MsCarter says:

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  7. Mistylynn says:

    I know the publishing industry is changing, but here is one lady who offers her book in print and electronically and I think this book rocks! It’s very inspiring and you and you can find it in whichever format you desire.

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