It’s just going to change. An article at Forbes really set me off today because of the headline. Yet another “something is dead” headline to grab attention. Is this 2006 all of a sudden? I thought link-bait like that didn’t work anymore. Oh, wait, it worked on me. Anyway.
Jame Altucher writes a piece entitled “Why and How to Self Publish Your Book (and why the Publishing industry is dead)”. He goes on to give pretty solid reasons for his opinion. Look, I/we get it. But to say it’s dead is overstating and, well, just wrong. Here’s what I wrote in the comments of that post.
I’m certainly no fan of the current “traditional” publishing industry, but it’s not dead. It’s just changing. Sure, it’ll be downsized and business models will be adjusted, but it won’t die.
Amazon will keep it alive for one. They’re already signing up authors for better commission deals and guaranteed distribution on their site. And they’re paying out signing bonuses as well.
So it’s not going to die completely, it’s just going to change.
I’m interested in your thoughts on this topic.