We were labeled arrogant insiders, but new to the SXSWi scene we felt more like pimply teenagers on a prom date with a surly cheerleader.Miller is a bookstore owner and has spent many years at midsized to small publishers. He was asked back again this year. Between then and now, he seems to have changed his analysis of last year’s panel.
Flying back to New York from Texas, it dawned on me that devotees of SXSWi never hated publishing or wanted us to roll over and die: They just wanted us to repurpose.After this year’s experience, he concludes:
… publishing will be put through the media grinder in the next several years…. If, as was suggested, New York publishers become more like L.A. film companies, expanding into an author's intellectual property, then it will happen at the big houses: Bertelsmann, Macmillan, Pearson, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, and Harper. Random House already has a film division to develop their backlist.He’s not overjoyed at this idea of repurposing.
Publishing will survive -- in some form. Beware.What I took from his summary is that publishing is changing. That can’t be stopped. We may not like where it ends up, though.