From Hugh Howey:
The disruption of the publishing industry can be seen far beyond mere books. Trade publishing (general fiction and non-fiction books) are heavily impacted and get most of the attention, but think of all the other forms of publishing that have been hammered, some of them into near non-existence. Once you start looking, you see this impact everywhere:
- There’s map and atlas publishers, which have been decimated by the GPS units in our cars and smartphones.
- There are the phone books that we now throw straight into the recycling bin, replaced by Google and the like.
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The effect the internet is having on publishing cannot be fully appreciated, I don’t think. Publishing has long been about the transmission of language and knowledge. Digital does this better in so many ways. In fact, trade book publishing is somewhat protected by nostalgia and our fondness of books (it’s certainly true for me). While we wring our hands over the disruption in trade books, entire other swaths of the publishing industry are collapsing.
Link to the rest at Hugh Howey and thanks to Sandra for the tip.
PG will add that the publishing of paper books for various types of legal research, formerly an extraordinarily profitable undertaking, was destroyed by digital replacements around the turn of the century.