First article summary:
"Farewell to the Golden Age," by Phillip Yancey
Christian publishing industry (printed books & magazines) is shrinking.
- Dwindling numbers at publishing conventions (participants & attendees).
- Christian bookstores closing at alarming rate.
- Authors, publishers, and booksellers -- all losing money.
- Newer publishing technology (in self-publishing & e-books).
- Free & cheap digital content.
- Shift toward purchasing from online sources and discount chainstores.
- Good: anyone can now publish a book.
- Bad: (a) author funds it, (b) author markets it, (c) bookstores don’t stock it, (d) market is flooded.
- Can quickly make books available.
- Can bypass “gatekeepers” and publish themselves.
- Low cost per-books.
- Convenience of purchasing digital books.
- Access to countless books on one electronic device.
- Decrease in royalties with cheaper books.
- Competing against free/ultra-cheap content.
- Competing in a flooded market.
- Difficulty getting books noticed in overwhelming selections of online stores.
- Magazine markets dwindling.
- For self-published e-books: author must do the marketing
- Decrease in writing quality in many quickly-released books.
- Countless potential distractions when reading on tablet computers.
- Distracted reading means less assimilation of content.
July 29, 2014