View Full Version : Odd article on how publishing is on its way out

12-17-2004, 09:10 PM
I'm not sure where to put this. If this is on the wrong board, please move it. But I thought it sorta fits here because some of his arguments about how publishing is going to be "wiped away" by innovations on the Web were so similar to what a lot of vanity presses and the like claim...

www.bubblegeneration.com/2004/12/next-big-things-publishing-2.cfm (http://www.bubblegeneration.com/2004/12/next-big-things-publishing-2.cfm)

James D Macdonald
12-17-2004, 09:56 PM
I've been reading articles like that for ten years now. And there have been general articles on how Publishing is Doomed for at least a hundred years.

I'll believe it when I see it.

Meanwhile, the people who can genuinely write a story that others want to read are rare. They have a salable talent.

Publishing is in a constant state of flux. Learn to enjoy uncertainty.

12-18-2004, 01:39 AM
This article reminds me of the frequently repeated "death of the book" books and articles I've seen since the late 1980s. This piece, like the "death of the book" arguments hinge on the assumption that a new technology will push out old technologies in terms of both usability and commercial viability.

The person writing the piece uses some of the current jargon of network theorists ("edges of the network") but doesn't really understand the nature of the net (it is both fragile and robust) nor the nature of publishing, digital or otherwise.

James D. Macdonald
12-24-2005, 08:41 AM
Here we are, a year later, and publishing still hasn't died.