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Who Benefited Most in the Last Decade in Publishing?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Authors, in particular, now have more opportunities–though not without compromises.

By Edward Nawotka, Editor-in-Chief

digital self publishingIn today’s feature story John Reed reflects on the past decade in publishing, offering a checklist of what he thinks is better, worse, or a stalemate between 2002 and today. What about you?

On Reed’s list, it breaks down as the following:

Better in 2002: Big Presses, Distribution, Democracy of Literature, Book Coverage, Literature in Education and Copyright.

Better in 2012: Small Presses, Online Book Sales, The Writing Itself, Readership, Self-publishing, Literary Culture and Parody.

Stalemate: Editorial, State of Narrative, Economy of Writers.

But who really benefited the most from the changes in publishing over the last decade. According to Reed’s list, it looks to be authors, whether traditional or self-published, authors have more opportunities to get their books out into the world and generate an audience for them — though this is not without compromises. It’s the big, traditional literary institutions that have struggled the most.

Do you agree? Disagree? And why?

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.