In my daily search for interesting news I came across this article. The gist if you don’t want to read is that a budding novelist boiled his girlfriend. Disturbing I know. What kind of world do we live in that we find this kind of thing interesting? The murderers book is called Canaballistic Instincts… I am guessing it was semi-autobiographical? This article got me thinking about the publishing industry in general and how the title of that book can actually be likened to the industry. Why?
The publishing industry does not support innovation by inventing new techniques of publishing, new methods of investigating ways to publish unpublished authors, neither is it doing anything to investigate the wave of web 2.0 that has become part of life and work for a lot of us. Why is that? Is it perhaps deep down that the model just wouldn’t work in that environment. Cory Doctorow has certainly given in a good Aussie go. This got me thinking… what are they doing? Other than the ill-fated e-book (which I think is covered well on Copyblogger this week… note the comments) what are they doing to secure the market?
The competitive side of the market is often highlighted as a “high barrier to entry”. Personally, I think that’s another way of saying… “look guys we don’t bet on a losing horse” and let’s face it… 99% of new authors won’t make money IF they ever get published. Has the long tail taught the publishing industry anything? I think not. There are a host of people who have learned how to use the web and make money from writing… I wonder why the publishing industry, especially in fiction circles, hasn’t capitalized on this yet?
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