When readers are wooed by ‘global entertainment,’ an independent press like Saraband, home to a Man Booker longlisted novel, can use ‘a little bit more traction.’
‘Readers want to feel like they’re collaborating in some way,’ according to editor Liza Thompson, who was drawn to publishing by ‘the process of creating something powerful or beautiful or fascinating.’
Illustrator, author, and campaigner Sarah McIntyre has proved a powerful voice for the past 18 months in the campaign to bring more visibility and credit to book illustrators.
Warning of ‘an inevitable cheapening of the final product,’ DK Senior Product Developer Toby Marshall calls on publishers to think about ‘how this challenge evolves.’
‘The pressure on books and the industry is huge,’ says author-campaigner Nikesh Shukla, a rising star in diversity awareness. ‘Once they can get wi-fi on all public transport, that’s probably it for books.’
‘It’s where big ideas take off,’ says the Amazon Inspire slogan. Here publishing experts react to this new marketplace for free educational content.
‘What happens if the story you’re reading reacts to where you are?’ ask the key players in a newly launched two-year project in ambient literature based in England’s West Country.
‘We don’t have a problem with space,’ says Alexandre Gaudefroy. His bookshop can provide you with one of millions of titles, while you wait. Print-on-Demand has a dedicated foothold in Paris.
Not to say that it’s something in the water, it’s often noticed by international observers that the two major publishing markets have different entertainment-genre priorities. The Americans love love. For the Brits, good literature is murder.
‘There never really seemed to be a change,’ says one player in a new network aiming to provide support for UK publishing workers of black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.