Publishers will automatically make new books available in a digital format, suitable for the Kindle or other e-readers--though mid-list authors may have to ask, or arm wrestle, publishers into digitizing their older books.She does, however, admit the industry has problems.
Meanwhile publishing, for better or worse, has had no discernible system beyond trying to do what has worked before. Spooky Dracula novel sold well last year? Throw a million-dollar advance at the author of a spooky gargoyle novel this year. Books about pets and atheism are flying off the shelves? Get one about atheistic pets.Her conclusion?
In short, book-writing is a worse-than-ever means to a livelihood, and mass-market renown is disappearing as a concept, fractioning into a million niches. Ultimately the only good reason to write books remains what it probably always was: The compulsion to try to entertain, persuade or make meaning is irresistible, and the process absorbs you like nothing else. If it doesn't, there's no reason to bother.