The Decline of Ebooks – NOT

Coming out of the London Book Fair in 2017 was a series of smug articles about the decline of ebooks. Print Is Back, headlines trumpeted. The Resurrection of the Paperback. People Love Paper. The article that follows is full of numbers. Generally, also there’s a chart or even possibly a graph. It’s all very persuasive. See here for an example. See what I mean. Numbers. Charts. Quotes from important people. I don’t know about you, but I was impressed. Only it’s not truth. Or rather, it’s not the whole truth and nothing but the truth. It’s a truth fragment. It’s not wrong; it’s just not completely right. The truth is this: established publishing companies (the Big 5) are selling fewer ebooks.

What Are Book Apps and Why Aren’t They Getting More Attention?

At the London Book Fair I dropped a fair amount of loose change to attend a one-day workshop on new technologies in publishing. Seminars and Q&As. Lots of info. Yet there was an elephant in the room. A stonking huge one, taking up a whole lot of space. And people were like, What elephant? Where? Before we talk about the elephant, let me make two points. The first is this. The publishing industry as a whole is super conservative. We got dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century having managed to more or less dodge the 20th c altogether. Silicon Valley’s gallop towards new technologies and ways of doing things is not just alien, it’s repulsively so. The second point is that what is t

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