You know, we’ve had an ongoing self-publishing experiment for a while now–blogs. And I think it’s pretty uniformly understood that they heyday of the independent blogger is ending, if not ended. People are transitioning to Facebook or to group blogs or to book writing or whatever. The blog–the central thing–has become just one more tab on the website or a note on Facebook or you’re just one more person on a portal.
Honestly, I don’t think it’s wrong to look to music publishing to try to find some guidance about book publishing. But the more I think about it, the more I think we should also not overlook the lessons of blogging. Here is/was a bunch of content, free for the picking, that was going to transform and replace regular media.
And… well… kind of but not really.
I think we’d do wise to keep that in mind.
Not that I don’t think publishing is going to change rapidly. Of course it is. But it’s a bridge through fog, you know? We can’t say from here what’s over there.
Anyway, I read this.