Friday, December 12, 2008

Yes, Virginia, There Is An Internet

I can't believe it's been almost two weeks since I posted here. Maybe the cold, grey days...maybe the overwhelming sense I get at the holidays. Deadlines and more deadlines. Oh, and puppies too.

Anyway, I read a post on author, Laura Benedict's blog that quotes Mark Tavani, a Random House editor, on the state of the industry which, no surprise, is as dark as the state of the rest of the economic world. He speaks to how publishing, and I must add every other business, has been adjusting to corporate takeovers. How, by becoming larger, many businesses are finding survival more difficult.

Which certainly is bad news, but it is also good news because with trauma comes change and that kind of change is rarely a bad thing.

A futurist came to our city a few weeks ago and this 72 year old man's main thrust was that the internet is going to impact our lives in ways we are unable to comprehend. And we thought we were just getting a fix on the least I thought that!

Then this morning the Detroit Free Press has an article on its front page, which has been nothing but bad news for the last eighteen months, which spoke to how retailing on the internet for the beginning of December is up 9%.

So for persons whose lives have been jolted or surely will be jolted by the economic events of the day the internet remains our best friend.

So getting back to Mr. Tavani, he too sees the internet as promising great things for the publishing industry. He writes that the most wonderful thing about books are the stories they convey and the medium will never change that.

It could be worse. We could have no friends at all.

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