Andrew Crawford of my favourite online retailer
Has a blog today over on The Bookseller. What I like about it is the way he happily turns book publishers worries on tehir heads and back again. For instance:
What should worry retailers is that publishers are the market makers: they filter, spot trends, create demand and even support retailers to promote their products. Large publishers are in a position to become better booksellers than some retailers, and this will be increasingly apparent with the take-up of electronic content.
Parried rather excellently by this bit:
Amazon has the power to connect an author to a large number of readers directly. Publishers truly add value, but it is not unfeasible for Amazon to acquire publishing talent to really beef up BookSurge’s proposition. Remember that Barnes & Noble bought Sterling Publishing and SparkNotes, and now has a thriving classics line.
So I’m left wondering if I should be terrified or hopeful! Worth reading.
Not impressed by the return of Gladiators