Saturday, June 6, 2020

More Bad News for the Publishing Industry, but … ?

John Merrick has recently written a fascinating piece for Tribune: “Radical Publishing in a Pandemic.” I was particularly intrigued by one solution, even though it would never fly in the USA: “ … the Norwegian government guarantees sales of 1,000 copies of any title that passes certain quality, with those copies then distributed to the country’s many free-to-access public libraries. In doing so, the scheme has provided a lifeline for many publishers — there are many publishers in the UK and US who would be only too glad of 1,000 sales of their new titles every year.”

The article addresses the plights of radical presses and small presses, and how the very survival of “independent” publishing hangs even more precariously in the balance. Worth reading:

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