The comparisons about what is happening in the publishing world and the music industry over the past 15 years continue to be made. Here is an insightful perspective on the issue from Susan Piver following her attendance at an O’Reilly’s Tools of Change in Publishing conference.
"What offed the music business—and what the publishing industry is facing—is a corporate structure built to churn out hits to subsidize an entire product line. Rather than developing artists, exploiting regional marketplaces, and building financial models that can support a mid-range list, both industries sold their souls out to entertainment at the expense of art and expression. Both are in the business of selling many copies of a few items, not a few copies of many items—the kind of product that can be shot out of a cannon, dominate the retail market, and then basically disappear—because anything else is simply too complicated for a similarly bulked up corporate retail environment to track. The appearance of downloads and file sharing could almost be seen as a desperate measure on the part of consumers to listen and read in an un-mandated manner."
About Susan Piver
Author of "How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life", winner of Books for a Better Life's best spiritual book of 2007 and the NY Times best seller, "The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say 'I Do'".
I'm extremely interested in the dharma, the Enneagram, and anything & everything regarding love. And creativity. I teach meditation retreats for writers. [close] Author of "How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life", winner of Books for a Better Life's best spiritual book of 2007 and the NY Times best seller, "The Hard Questions: 100 Essential Questions to Ask Before You Say 'I Do'".
You can read all of Susan Piver's excellent article on the comparisons between the music and publishing industries on the link below.