A lot has changed in the literary world over the last few years. But the brick-and-mortar book stores are still there. The brick-and-mortar publishing houses are still there. Books are still books. People still read. Well, maybe not as much, and the Seven Sisters are now the Big Three Media Conglomerates, and most of the independent book stores are closed, and the big guys are selling online...
One of the big stories this year is the eBook bubble. The exponential growth of the eBook market reached its peak. Just about everyone who wants an e-reader has one now. During that market growth, and everyone filling those new e-readers with cheap books, many authors found a quick buck writing short and fast. .99 cent books were all the rage and making your book free could take you to the top of the charts on Amazon.
Market analysts say the free ride is over. The bubble is bursting. No more free lunch. It's going to be harder to sell an eBook in 2015 and almost impossible to get a book deal with a NYC publisher if you don't already have one. Publishing is dead! ebook sales are imploding. We're too busy to read. YouTube and Facebook are the new media. So I guess we should all start writing scripts for YouTube videos and memes for Facebook posts.
They said the same about paperbacks. There was such a glut of new authors the Beatles wrote a song about it! It leveled out. That's what is happening now. It's leveling out. Good literature will always be good literature. If you're just out to make a buck, maybe you should get a YouTube channel. If you want great literature to survive, keep writing. You may not get rich, but these days anyone can publish and who knows? Ten years from now you might be the next Poe. He didn't sell well, you know?
I've neglected my blog over the last few years, but I'm back and there are tons of great books to read and review. There's also the ever changing e-publishing industry to explore. Amazon and B&N are making it easier than ever to publish in print and with book printing kiosks already being used your book can be printed on the spot! That sounds like more paper books to me, not less. The future of publishing is still bright. And as writers, we just keep getting new ways to share our work!
Here's wishing everyone a creative and prosperous New Year!