As long as there are readers, writers will have work to do
“Reading is here to stay,” wrote Robert M. Sacks in the November/December 2012 issue of Publishing Executive magazine. His astute observation caught my attention, captivating my thoughts, both then and even more so today.
Discussions and speculation about the rapid evolution in the book publishing industry threaten to overwhelm us; considerations abound… read more>>
Young people are more apt to read books than older folks
To listen to mainstream media about the state of book publishing leaves most people with an incorrect understanding of the industry. The press gives the impression that fewer people are reading and those who do are mostly older. The industry is dying, so why bother to write and publish books?
Yes, things are changing, but not how most people think. The truth is young people are… read more>>
Readers who purchase many books each year evenly divide on print versus digital
In 2012, Book Business magazine, reporting on a Verso Advertising study, noted that 49.7 percent of avid readers refuse to go paperless. They define avid book readers as those who purchase more than ten books per year.
Notice they use the word purchase and don’t say those who read ten or more books. I certainly read more than ten books annually, but I’m not sure if I buy ten… read more>>
There’s the Kindle, the Nook, the iPad, and various smartphones. Which one is the ultimate reader? Which one will rise to the top, replace its competitors, and survive as the reader of choice? Which one will endure long into the future?