WARNING: This is a no-edit zone…
This morning, I awakened to discover the following: “It doesn’t matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don’t read anymore. Forty percent of the people in the U.S. read one book or less last year.” Steve Jobs–Amazon <Kindle Reader>
Troubling insight from a human being’s point of view and from a writer’s.
Any writer who has been publishing books for a length of time can tell you that the industry has changed mightily in the last decade. Any reader can tell you that, too. But their perspectives on those changes are significantly different.
Writers note more writers and fewer publishing slots. They note smaller print runs. They note the logical decrease in earnings.
Writers also note fewer books available in fewer places in the market. At one time, you could walk into stores like Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart and you’d find book departments. Over time, those departments have winnowed down to where some have a single aisle of shelving. Others still have more space, but nowhere near the square footage in the store that they once did.
Several factors, in my humble opinion, attribute to this… READ MORE
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