Jane Friedman on the Future of Publishing
Christina Katz: Is the future of publishing bleak? Go ahead and tell us. We can take it.
Jane Friedman: The future of paper-book publishing is bleak. Paper books will become talismans, souvenirs, collectors’ items, or something that “paper sniffers” will insist on buying. I don’t buy into all the sentimentalism for paper books, but there will be a cabal of those types—just enough people to ensure that paper books are an enthusiast or niche product, much like vinyl.
So begins Christina Katz’s insightful interview with Jane Friedman, former publisher of Writer’s Digest and current visiting professor at The University of Cincinnati. The interview complements Friedman’s publication of The Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations, but employs a more pragmatic, dilated look the present and future of the publishing industry. To my knowledge there are very few as informed, lucid and articulate on this subject, and Katz does an excellent job of amplifying the message that Friedman so lightheartedly explores in her new ebook.
View the collected highlights from Jane Friedman’s ebook launch…
[View the story “Future of Publishing: Enigma Variations” on Storify: http://storify.com/virtualdavis/future-of-publishing-enigma-variations ]
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