You had to have been asleep for the last couple of years or off the planet not to have noticed the upheaval that’s happening in the printing business. I’m talking about printing companies, newspapers, magazines and yes, even our beloved book publishing companies.
It’s a shame, but the slow progressing acceptance and development of a nineteen thirties invention, the computer and the subsequent development of the internet, have relegated the aforementioned businesses to the endangered species list.
With a home printer now attached to most home computers, the once prosperous printing business has become irrelevant. Oh sure, they’re still needed to print up wedding and party invitations, but their overall business has been severely curtailed. Their cousins, newspapers and magazines are in worse shape. Many once proud flagships of the newspaper industry have fallen—magazines too, though not as bad. They have become or are becoming the first dinosaurs of the twenty-first century, victims of technology and progress.
That brings me to Books. There’s been a lot happening lately in book publishing and sales too, some good, some bad, so I thought I’d discuss the future of publishing in the electronic world.
Yes, the future of book printing, at least the way we think of it is murky and ominous. Fraught with peril, book printing and it’s sister book sales are on a slippery slope, sliding toward an abyss.
It seems like every week or two we are reminded of the ongoing upheaval in both print and epublishing businesses. Harlequin started an epub, Dorchester is going all epub, almost all new print books are also released as digitized versions. Amazon sold more digital than hard cover so far this year and seems to be on its way to conquering the world, by offering Kindle in the United Kingdom. Apple jumped into the electronic book business by delivering books via its I-Pad, and audio books via I-Pod. To top it off, America's largest bookstore, Barnes and Noble is tottering and up for sale.
It seems like there’s almost as big a selection for e-readers as there is for automobiles and new epubs sprout up everyday.
What’s this all mean? Obviously, the news is better for the new technology than the old. If you’re in the new technology like I and most of us are, smile, but don’t gloat. Technology changes fast. If you’re involved in the old technology, adapt or get outta Dodge.
No, print books are not going to disappear. At least not overnight. But the squeeze is on. The New York publishers will have to embrace e-technology or shrink to irrelevance. They, their agents and authors will no longer be able to look down on us epub authors and epubs in general, for they will be one of us. LOL. Eventually, it may come to print books only being available through POD (print on demand) systems. There’s talk of POD book machines similar to today’s Red Box DVD machines. Wouldn’t that be something?
However, tastes are generational and over the years as less and less people want print books, they will ultimately vanish into the sunset, like music cassettes and celluloid film.
If I may I’d like to tout my latest release, French Kiss. This is a very sexy, extremely romantic story with a memorable hea ending. You won’t want to miss it and I’m sure you’ll like it.
An admissions department snafu at Manhattan's prestigious Juilliard School for the Arts, pairs a lovely African American girl in the same dorm room with a blond blue eyed Frenchman. Maybe it's karma, but sparks of frustration turn into the heat of attraction and within the week the pair becomes a couple. But cruel fate steps in at Christmas vacation, when, after a second snafu, the lovebirds are separated the by an ocean of despair, the Atlantic Ocean.