We’re still somewhat awash in boxes so a short post rounding up some of the more interesting things I’ve been looking at over the past few days.
First of all Stephen Page’s Guardian article about the necessity of bookshops especially with regard to the ‘discoverability’ of books. Stephen always has an interesting insight into the future of publishing and I’ve got some longer thoughts on the issues thrown up by this article which I’ll post later. The thing I think he captures well is the peril of an unstable transition period and what might happen to the wide range of books (indeed nearly all of them) that lie between the top ten and the ‘long tail’ without traditional bookshops.
In contrast perhaps, (though in fairness I don’t really think they are that far apart) I’ve also been much taken with this interview from Mike Shatzkin (hat-tip to Publishing Perspectives) who has been taking the temperature of the US book trade at BEA. Mike’s views on the need to experiment with price are I think hugely important. The received pricing structures that publishers continue to work with are hugely vulnerable to a smart player with insight innovating with an eye to the consumer. Much to think about there.