What Are Your Least Favorite Analogies for the Book Business?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Were buggy whips ever a $120bn a year global industry? I think not.

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

Publishing is changing so fast that we’re always looking for analogies, metaphors and similes to try and make sense of it. Some, I think, are apt and helpful, like today’s feature story that compares the new agile publishing workflows to improvised jazz. Others just make me grate my teeth. If I ever hear the print book business compared to the buggy whip business at the dawn of the automobile, I’m going to scream. Were buggy whips ever a $120 billion a year global industry? I think not. We can certainly do better than that.

So tell us, what are your least favorite analogies for the book business?

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.