August 19th, 2019
Last week the U.S. Census Bureau reported that U.S. bookstore sales dropped 5.1% in the first six months of 2019. I filed the report away — as I always do with industry sales reports — with the thought “up a little here, down a little there….” While a 5% shift is, by most measures, more than…
May 15th, 2019
Everybody knows Kickstarter. Not everyone knows that Kickstarter is a major player in publishing, both for book-like objects and for journalism.
April 2nd, 2019
In this third post of a three-part series, I’ll focus directly on the book publishing industry and how the next recession could be felt. I hope that an analysis of the impact of past recessions might arm us for the next.
December 16th, 2018
The upside of predicting a downturn in the economy is that eventually you’ll be right. The downside is that while the party’s still in full swing you’re just the grouchy guy in the corner, scowling at the other guests.
June 9th, 2018
In the Cathedral Not quite invisible, the slow-time-gathering dust falls upon the choir, where stalls sing silently during the sermon. It tells of a Saviour who came to save this world so to leave it sublime. What happened? Did He change His mind? —David Beard, 1987