Is new technology effecting the publishing industry?

Struggle between new technology versus tradition

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 4:41pm

In a struggle between new technology versus tradition, the publishing industry could be in real trouble.  Three years ago Amazon reported selling 180 e-books for every 100 hard cover books, and it has been rapidly accelerating.

"The revolution in the medium, in the book, magazine, and newspaper industry is just amazing to me.  It's going so fast," says Trent Angers, Editor and Publisher of Acadian House Publishing.

Trent Angers has been in the publishing industry for fifty years and is now the editor and publisher of Acadian House Publishing.

"What you're seeing is a technological revolution, not the diminishment of the importance of the book industry, but books look differently," says Angers.

Angers does not see the industry on its way out, but expanding.  Ten years ago 100,000 books were published in the United States.  Now three million are published.

"In a way the Nook and the Kindle and the E-Readers have done nothing but enhance the book industry because their electronic books.  Their just another medium of books, and books have been around for centuries," says Angers.

Although it seems the revenue is shifting to more E-Books selling than actual books, published author Chere Coen believes that hardback and paperback books will never cease to exist.

"Oh I don't think it's ever going to go out.  I think people like to go to the bookstore and see the books on shelves, turn them over and read the back copy, look at the covers, try to figure out what it is they're looking for in a book.  It's kind of hard to do when your scanning through Amazon," says Chere Coen, published author.

Amazon reported last year that they sold more E-Books than hardbooks, and although Trent Angers is optomistic about what is to come, Chere Coen thinks the change in revenue is effecting the publishing industry.

"I do think that people who otherwise would go through New York [Publishing] are doing it themselves, so it's got to have some impact," says Coen.

As an experienced published author Chere Coen knows just how hard it is to get a book published and promoted.  So in her opinion these new technologies are making it easier for writers today to have their work shown for larger audiences to see it.

"It used to be that you would get published through New York publishers or you could do a vanity press and put out a lot of money and get a whole bunch of books.  Today theres so many different venues.  You can do E-Publishing, you can do Print on Demand so it's actually nice for writers right now," says Coen.

However, the downside to self-publishing is getting your book into stores and on the shelves, so the publishing industry will most likely stick around for a lot longer.  Not only because of the tradition, but for the simple pleasure of enjoying a book.

"I enjoy reading books as an editor and publisher primarily because every book is an act of pure creativity.  The author has created something where nothing existed before," says Angers.

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