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What Are Your Least Favorite Analogies for the Book Business?

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?

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2 Comments

  1. Posted May 10, 2012 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    “The Publishing Industrial Complex” and “Gatekeepers”

  2. Posted May 10, 2012 at 11:01 am | Permalink

    Buggy whip industry still thriving. Just read 50 Shades of Grey…

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