Following that little piece I wrote for The Bookseller’s FUTUReBOOK digital blog last week, here’s more from the media on the digital world:
The Bookseller reports on an FT column from Luke Johnson, where he makes some excellent observations on the publishing trade but is savaged in the comments. The original column can be found via here (article of 10 May). Johnson has made some crass comments before and I am not a big fan. However, when he says ‘…Publishers must learn to sell direct to readers and forget about saving bookstores…’, I’d say he’s right on the money. And when he says ‘…The inevitable disappearance of the vast majority of bookshops will remove a main marketing channel…’, I assume that’s a thought developed after his experience of ownership of Borders UK.
From PR Newswire, the press release that Hachette, Penguin, Simon & Schuster have all joined with AOL to create a site called Bookish launching in the summer. Odd though, that the following quote appears almost at the bottom of the press release, for this is key is creating more competition for Amazon and fighting their increasing monopoly.
‘It will also offer readers the convenience of purchasing print and digital books directly or through other retailers.’
‘…also offer…’ suggests an added benefit. It’s not. It’s the key driver. See that Johnson comment above. That's in the US. What's the UK doing, I wonder…