What does the future of publishing look like?
Recently, my husband and I rented “The Social Network.” One of the things that struck me about the movie was the role Shawn Fanning (of Napster fame) played in the establishment of Facebook as the social networking tool. Then it hit me—Amazon has done for books what Napster did for music. Napster turned music on its ear (ha ha), pun intended. Then Apple ran with the idea and gave the music industry a choice: You can die or change. No longer do we buy albums, we buy songs we like—all the songs we like for just a little over a dollar.
EBooks came along and are currently saying to the industry, change or die. Publishing has been doing things the same way for years. “Vanity” publishing kept writers from becoming authors–the term “vanity” alone showing what the industry thought of those of us who would dare to dream about being on the New York Times bestseller list when we were not chosen by them. Now, authors are cropping up everywhere. Anyone with a novel can publish an eBook and just like the music industry, the fans get to decide what is good and what isn’t. Sure, it is hard to get noticed, but it is now possible to make it.
So, what will this mean? This weekend, I went to the book store. Even though I read from my kindle fire, I still love to browse through a book store. It made me sad that there might come a day when the brick and mortar store doesn’t exist. In truth, I believe that print publishing will continue to diminish. My prediction is that print for adults will all but disappear over the next ten to twenty years, but it will remain for children’s books. Little hands will always want to touch the pages and turn them, but maybe I’m wrong. After all, the new nook actually reads to children. Does that mean that my role as parent is in danger too?
Ritesh: So, what do you think? What does the future hold for the publishing industry? I will pitch in my thoughts in the comments too!
About the Author
Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn’t occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love.
About Wings of Hope
The letter said he was dying, that’s all Jules Weinstein knows when she leaves her life in San Francisco and moves to New York City to be with her father. She goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther.
Wings of Hope is a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life. Little does she know that by getting to know her father, she will find herself. While her father struggles with whether his life was meaningful, Jules discovers that her father’s last gift to her is the ability to reach for her dreams. Her journey teacher her that “the goodbye” is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life.