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Monday, October 22, 2012

Where’s The Debate Over Books?


The recent series of political debates between Obama and Romney and Biden vs. Ryan are interesting because they highlight the political state of the country and help undecided voters to determine the fate of the country.  But they also call attention to something that’s missing in book publishing.

The industry is in need of a public debate on things like:

·         Self-publisher vs. Traditional publisher
·         Bookstore vs. Online sales
·         Newspapers vs. Blogs
·         Barnes and Noble vs. Amazon
·         Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
·         Paper books vs. E-books

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a publicly televised forum for real issues concerning authors, publishers, and retailers?  It may not be as intense as Republican vs. Democrat and the stakes may not be for world power but the book publishing industry certainly has some hefty issues to tackle. Who will talk about them and how will this long-awaited debate transpire?  It remains to be seen.

Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer, the nation’s largest book promoter. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at brianfeinblum@gmail.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person.

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