If you haven’t heard lately, book publishing is in trouble. One author who attended Book Expo America this week in New York City reflects on his trip by asking “What song was the Titanic band playing?”
It’s hard to disagree with Bob Mayer’s observations.
For those of us on the digital side of the business, these trade shows are difficult to tolerate. It’s impossible to walk around and not see everything that’s wrong with the industry today. Old ideas, metaphors, wrong implementations, and a general lack of thinking is on display everywhere you look.
If book publishing still has a future (and I think it does), one wonders what these trade shows will look like in 10 years.