1. As the publisher and president of Andrews McMeel Publishing, what do you do all day? One of the things I enjoy most about this position is the opportunity it provides to be involved in so many areas within publishing and to cultivate relationships with such a great variety of people. And every day is different. I am immersed in projects involving authors, agents, editors, designers, production, printing, acquisitions, sales, marketing, publicity, budgeting, and more – for e-books, print books, apps – almost anything that has to do with books and the enjoyment they provide.
2. Where do you think it is heading? More and more people are switching to e-books for convenience and instant delivery, so the industry will have to do some adjusting to the iY generation. There will always be people who like reading (I hope), and authors with a story to be told, but I guess the future is with e-books. I personally love the feel and smell of a new book, which can't be duplicated electronically, but especially with textbooks and self-help books, it's easier to lug them around on a Kindle or iPad. There's also the privacy factor, as nobody can tell what you're reading. There are no major book chains where I live, so I do most of my purchasing on-line. This gives e-books the edge, as I can be reading in seconds, instead of having to wait 2 weeks and paying shipping and handling costs to South America. However, when I'm abroad, I always find time to check out the nearest book store to enjoy the smells and feel the crisp new pages, and yes, I buy a lot of books during these visits.
3. Why do you love books? As I mentioned above, I love the smell of a new book - it's right up there with the smell of a new car on my olfactory top 10 list. Books in general, I love because they provide simple entertainment, really come in handy during long waiting times at doctors, airports or in-flight, and are a necessity just before bed to take away the stress of the day.