Buggy Whip

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

Edward Nawotka is the Editor-in-Chief of Publishing Perspectives. A former foreign correspondent, he has covered the book business exclusively since 2000, serving as daily news editor for Publishers Weekly and columnist for Bloomberg News.