“Unfortunately, the New York Times frequently gets stuck on independent bookstores as the way for new talent and new titles to get discovered, even though they represent maybe 4-5 percent (optimistically) of overall book sales in the US. ”
As a follow-up to a typically myopic NY Times article on the publishing industry a week ago (and a perfect example of data-driven vs. data-informed journalism), Jane Friedman actually dug into the data and offers several INFORMED insights with context and links. If you want to really understand the ins and outs of the book publishing industry beyond bestsellers and Big 5 PR, Jane is one of smartest people covering it, and one of the few with significant in-the-trenches business experience that ensures she’s always putting things in context.
I love bookstores but it’s always amazing the disproportionate amount of credit they get for breaking new voices versus libraries—which take far more bets on debuts and mid-list authors (in some cases justifying their minimal print runs), but when those titles don’t circulate because publishers didn’t market them, libraries can’t return them for credit. #cmonson