How Publishing and Reading Are Changing

Friday, April 20, 2012


Publishers are trying to adapt as the book industry changes dramatically, and they're doing so in the face of rapidly changing reading habits among consumers. Publishing industry analyst Mike Shatzkin talks to Brooke about how readers' behavior is changing, and about ways the publishing industry might survive in the coming years.


Michael Shatzkin

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Brooke Gladstone

Comments [4]

Arturo Hernandez

There are probably thousands of works of art that have not been made (published), because of lack of money. Who can be the judge of which really deserve funding? I also know that many books are written thanks to the tenacity of authors. I believe, human urge to create will survive. And that there are many more great books to come, with or without publishers.

May. 03 2012 11:33 PM
Daniel Ayer from San Francisco

I am an avid OTN listener, though I do so through my podcast player. I just listened to Brooke's report on publishing, and was surprised that no voice was given to the simple economics that founded the publishing business to begin with. In a word: Paper.
In the past, if I wanted to publish a book I needed paper. And economies of scale meant that to go it on my own was untenable. Save for fabulously wealthy individuals. Also, distribution networks added value, and thus increased the price of the book.
The "problem" as I see it has nothing to do with setting price points. It has to do with the empowerment of author's to voice their ideas with little to no cost. To repeat, little to no cost. Unless we artificially create barriers to e-publishing, print books will become the purview of the super wealthy who can afford them.
This is all for the good! We do not lament the buggy whip makers, and I shall not lament the loss of the tree consuming print business.

-Daniel Ayer
(Lamenting Bibliophile)

Apr. 30 2012 09:23 PM

We try to post transcripts by late Monday afternoon. They probably weren't up when you posted, but are now. Just click the button above the picture, the one that looks like 5 horizontal lines.

Apr. 24 2012 01:30 PM
Afra Al-Mussawir from Austin, TX

I'm not familiar with this site -- is there a way to access a transcript of this broadcast or is it really only accessible to those who can hear?

Apr. 22 2012 11:21 PM

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