In short: Picture the book industry in 10, 20 or 30 years time and what do you see? Thriller writer Barry Eisler sees a world where massive chain bookstores have printing machines ‘churning out paperbacks from a limitless digital backlist’. The days of the conventional publisher – or even agent – are numbered. Authors are the brand, agents are the brokers.
It’s a different concept to that often touted that the future for the publishing industry is online, and one that has already sparked much debate (see the comments attached to both blog pages).
Let us know what you think – how do you see the publishing industry shaping up in the years, and decades, to come…?