SURVEY: What’s The Top Challenge to Children’s Publishing for 2012?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Increasing digital distractions, the poor economy, transition to e-books — what’s the toughest?

By Edward Nawotka


Children’s publishing remains one of the brightest spots in publishing. YA fiction remains hot and the field has proven both innovative in terms of digital publishing and resilient in terms of print sales. It is — or should be — a wonderful time to be a children’s publisher.

Still, there are challenges, not the least of which is that children’s are increasingly tempted by more and more alluring digital distractions, including games, television and the Internet, all of which could turn reading into a secondary activity.

So tell us, what do you think will be the top challenge facing children’s publishing in 2012?

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Or perhaps it’s something altogether different. 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.