The spectre haunting the industry is the discovery that today, everybody is a writer.There are a lot of good writers out on the Internet and they’re putting their words online for free.
"Digital content is completely altering the publishing industry," said Eoin Purcell, a consultant and writer, warning that even the most respected names in publishing will not be able to claim any "right to survive" in the new book economy.Not everyone believes free online content will destroy print publishing.
The other camp argues that publishers should stop whining, devise new and irresistible ways of selling information, and roll out digital books faster and better than the so-called pirates. …Edward Nash, a consultant, perhaps summed it up best:
Kassia Krozser, a respected New York blogger, urged the book industry to no longer regard paper books as their prime product. Her slogan is: "Digital first, print maybe."
"We as publishers have to abandon the notion that our previous business model is permanent."There are still plenty of readers out there. Some now do the majority of their reading online, but even the most avid bloggers or FridayFiction writers are also book readers. The industry can survive with both.