searching for signs of hope that the book publishing industry is not modeled after a Model T or a dinosaur, doomed by an era of digital entertainment to be consigned to the museum or bone yard.
What I've found so far is not encouraging. For example, I stumbled across a piece by Boris Kachka in New York Magazine, "Have We Reached the End of Book Publishing As We Know it?" Per the well-researched, well-argued article, the book publishing industry as we know it is doomed, as evidenced by the following:
- Upheavals in the corporate executive suites
- The mad rush to e-book publishing
- The continuing woes of midsize publishers
- The declining fortunes of in-store booksellers, including Borders
- A "vertical market grab" by Amazon
I hope the article exaggerates, but just in case, I’m getting prepared. Did I mention I have a great story about our newly adopted cat? Her name is Bianca--she'd a lovely blue-eyed Siamese who is teaching me how to be more human. Tie-ins include a lovely "Wisdom of Bianca" cat calendar. Details to follow.
Now, about that million dollar advance…
Please someone, talk me down. Is the publishing business model really broken? Is there no hope?
If you can't reassure me, then tell me about about a heroic puppy who teaches a cat how to be more human.
Otherwise I'll have to order the e-book version from Amazon.
It'll be here in ten seconds.