Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Publishing World Struggles To Adapt To New Lines
The partying goes on at Earl's Court, but new formats and self-publishing are changing the industry
The trays of free wine and boastful talk of six-figure deals struck at dinner parties might seem to some like the last days of decadence for a publishing world in denial about the digital storm clouds gathering overhead.
But in the main hall of Earl's Court, hundreds of publishers gathered for the 41st London Book Fair have been showing stands of lovely new books as editors meet agents and foreign publishers keen to buy unpublished books, sell foreign rights, and relentlessly talk up their new titles.
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My Comment: A sobering analysis that the hardcover book is the way of the dinosaur.