Do publisher’s dream of electric books?

I was recently reading Electric Alphabet and came across an article that provides some great reading around the topic of publishing and distribution:

Do publisher’s still dream of electronic books? is a great interview with Soft Skull Press main man Richard Nash about what is happening on the digital publishing horizon and the cultural economy of books.

Today on Electric Alphabet, Kate has also raised the idea of a poetry publishing co-op. This is a great idea and a role that the newly formed SPUNC may fill with flying colours…

Here’s hoping!

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6 responses to “Do publisher’s dream of electric books?

  1. In Australia it seems that publishers are doing their best to ignore the fact that the internet makes it possible for anyone to publish themselves and market and distribute their books via the internet for free, Graham. It’s easy.

  2. I disagree that publishers are doing their best to ignore “the fact that the internet makes it possible for anyone to publish themselves and distribute their books via the internet for free.”

    I don’t think they’re ignoring it at all. I agree with Graham in that they’re making slow progress, as the industry adjusts to rapid changes.

    What I think is happening is that this adjustment is slower than the incredible rate of change. Remembering too that we’re moving into digital frontiers across a variety of creative industries that we’ve never experienced before, and thus don’t have the bredth of statistical evidence to reflect consumer trends.

    I think this is one of the reasons why publishers may be a little slow on the uptake. They’re waiting to see what happens, which, whether you’re a publisher or not, a lot of businesses do. Especially in uncertain markets.

    And lastly, just because the medium makes this possible/easy for people to self-publish and market their work, doesn’t mean they actually know how to do this with a strategic impact, or with measurable results.

    It may be true that Australian publishers may be slower on the update of digital technology in terms of their communication and distribution systems.

    • gnunn

      Thanks for this response Lisette. The point you make about the ease of self-publishing is a really important one. Being able to do it certainly does not add up to sales and distribution. In fact, it can lead to further frustration for self-published authors… I think the slow and steady approach is a good one in this instance.

  3. I enjoyed this article earlier today on this topic ~

    http://www.flatmancrooked.com/news

    A.Joy

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