Friday, October 31, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Publishing Apocalypse

We’ve all heard about it. You know, that this is pretty much the end of the publishing world. That people are going to pour all those gorgeous paper books into one little Kindle, (which, hello, might malfunction at the beach and you could NEVER read in the bath.). That books are going to go MP3, someone’s going to start up literary Napster, and authors are going to be broke. I mean, the ones that aren’t already.

And that now that America is freaking out and going all Great Depression-y, publishers are no longer going to buy books. In fact, according to rumors, publishing is going to pretty much be SHUT DOWN until the banks stop failing and people stop flailing about and repeating all the same mistakes that caused the first GD in the first place. (Yeah, it has an acronym now.)

So, what do you guys think? Is this (Publishing) Apocalypse Now? Or business as usual?