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Are you still in book publishing?

When you look at the niche sector you are publishing books into, does it really make sense to think about it as book publishing anymore?

More and more, I look at companies who think they are BOOK publishers and I begin to think that at best they are publishers and at worst service companies!

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, just that they haven’t acknowledged the change themselves!


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So I wrote a thing on me Wordpress blog

And it went like this:

Digital content WILL dominate the future*. You don’t have to like that, but you DO have to accept it. When you accept that you’ll begin to see that the systems behind publishing need to change rapidly or else you need to create a new organisation to work within the new rules (and economic realities). It’s time for the industry to stop worrying about Apple, Amazon and Google. It is time for the industry to just forget about all of them and to decide how it is going to bring stories to readers in a way that keeps it relevant, interesting and hopefully profitable or else to decide that it is going to grow old and die gracefully. In either case, I’m pretty sure it’s time to shut up and do it.
The rest of it is here! Eoin

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OR Books: Shop Talk


HERE is why we at OR dread dealing with intermediary sellers—sure, by spurning a behemoth like Amazon, we can feel morally superior (strange to think that Barnes & Noble is today’s underdog)—but that’s not the primary reason. It’s that the big stores are such whiners, and unfortunately they’re…

John Oakes hits the nail on the head here!

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You can try to win a features arms race by offering everything under the sun. Or you can just focus on a couple of things and do ‘em really well and get people who really love those things to love your product. For little guys, that’s a smarter route.

How Chipotle, Pinkberry, and others win big by doing just a few things well - (37signals)

This is niche publishing in a nutshell. Also, bookselling. 10 years from now, the most successful publishers and bookstores will be “little guys”.

(via glecharles) AGREE WITH ALL OF THIS - both the original post and Glecharles’ view too.

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