Do Conglomerates Still Have Advantages Over Independent Publishers?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka

Today’s lead story looks at the state of independent publishing in the Netherlands. One of the conclusions of the article is that, at least where Dutch publishing is concerned, bigger isn’t necessarily better.

The changes at the conglomerates — perhaps most significantly, the general reduction of sales teams — have started leveling the playing field the big dogs had over the underdogs. Aside from the obvious — deeper pockets and larger staffs — do the conglomerates offer any real world advantages over publishing with an indie? Is it potential for foreign sales? Better distribution? More review coverage?

Let us know what you think in the comments.

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.