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The wolf is falling!

(get it? get it?)

Anyway, this is just depressing. So many details of it...

http://nymag.com/news/media/50279/

THE END: The book business as we know it will not be living happily ever after. With sales stagnating, CEO heads rolling, big-name authors playing musical chairs, and Amazon looming as the new boogeyman, publishing might have to look for its future outside the corporate world.


Brilliant article, and I'm just halfway through it.

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realthog
Sep. 25th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)

"But my glasses are currently also tinted by living in a town that gets serviced by a bookmobile instead of having a proper library, and doesn't have a bookstore."

That may offer a false picture. Our burg likewise doesn't have a bookstore; we have a library, but it's smallish and not especially well stocked. (They waste too much of their funding on buying multiple copies of the new Danielle Steele, John Grisham, whatever.) Yet whenever there's a book/library sale the locals descend upon it like a plague of locusts. Clearly there's a demand that a bookshop could meet; it's just no bookshop has yet taken the plunge.

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