Indie Life – publishing will look different, possibly forever.


Though I’d share a couple links for Indie Life today.

In the future, will everyone be a publisher? by Nathan Bransford

Go ahead and read it.

Interesting, huh?

This quote jumped out at me.

 For now, publishers can still rely on those services and their print distribution to attract authors. In the future, they won’t have that. And as those services become the central differentiator, you have to wonder if the adversarial approach publishers occasionally take with authors (slow payments, lack of transparency) will give way to a true service-oriented approach.

What about you? Can you already see the industry changing and not being quite what it used to be? I look at all the digitals imprint and contracts being offered that are ebook only until the sales warrant a print version.

I hope big publishing, self publishing and everything in between sticks around for a while. But there’s no arguing the publishing world will look different, possibly forever.

For further reading, here’s a Hugh Howey post that should be a must read for any writer. (If you haven’t already read it.)

Click back to the Indelibles blog for a list of all the links!


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12 Responses to Indie Life – publishing will look different, possibly forever.

  1. Natalie Aguirre April 10, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks for sharing the link. I missed the post. Yes, I definitely see publishing changing and it’s great that authors have other good options now.

    But I think there’s still a desire/need for print books so I don’t see books going all digital. At least I hope not. I still really like print books though I’m enjoying reading on my Nook more now too. And I recently posed the question of whether people would mind e-books on my last book hop giveaway and was surprised at how many people don’t have e-readers still and prefer print books.

    • Laura April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Natalie, I agree that for now, as Nathan says, traditional publishing still has print to offer. But what happens when Barnes and Noble closes? Will Indie bookstores be able to pick up the slack?

      I already see that on Amazon – a lot of traditional books sell more ebooks than print. That is for YA and up.

      But yes, lots of people still read print. I still do, but I probably read more on my Kindle.

  2. Sheri Larsen April 10, 2013 at 11:15 am #

    That is a great quote, not to mention it gets my brain going. Such insight. One has to contemplate how traditional pub industry will change its well-oiled machine to meet these changing times. Thank you for sharing this.

    • Laura April 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm #

      Yes. How will it still draw in authors once print isn’t as prevalent? Hopefully, they’ll be more author friendly.

  3. Stina Lindenblatt April 10, 2013 at 11:59 am #

    I love that we have choiced both as writers and readers. On the downside, things are constantly changing, and changing fast, that I’m getting dizzy. 😛

    • Laura April 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

      So true. As each year goes by, if we look back, a tremendous amount has changed.

  4. susankayequinn April 10, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    It will be very interesting to see what the landscape looks like in 5 years. 🙂

  5. Alex J. Cavanaugh April 10, 2013 at 6:24 pm #

    I’m with a small publisher and I know that my print sales are much smaller than my eBook sales. People just don’t buy print anymore.

    • Laura April 10, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

      I do notice that, alex. That in a lot of cases the ebook sales are higher than the print, which a year ago wasn’t the case!

  6. J.L. Campbell April 10, 2013 at 7:42 pm #

    Thanks for sharing these links. They’re a source of encouragement.

  7. Heidi Garrett April 11, 2013 at 6:07 am #

    I have to be honest, I find all the changes in the publishing industry exhilarating. Indie authors and ereaders re-ignited a passion for reading that had been dormant since I went to college and got a business degree years ago. I just stopped reading fiction. But with 2 kindles, a nook, and an iPad in the house, i read every day and love it. In 2012 Goodreads went from 6.5 million users to 13 million users, i suspect, like me, indie authors and readers are lighting a lot of fires out there:) I think it’s awesome. I think the publishing industry will probably follow the music industry in many ways. I check print books out of the library and don’t even want to read them, I am so addicted to reading on my kindle paperwhite. I can read before I go to sleep at night with the lights already it. How can you beat perfect, lol! I love reading current articles on the state of it all. Thank you for sharing a couple of wonderful ones!

  8. Christina Lee April 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm #

    Yeah, so interesting. Just five years ago we were talking about different things and in five years from now–whoa, who knows?

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