Like most forward-thinking managers, I try to envision the future and manage the business with an eye towards where things are going.
But it’s possible to overdo this. There have been so many doom-crying predictions – print books are dead, publishers are obsolete, etc. – that it’s easy to forget what’s actually happening right now.
In 2012, according to BookStats venus factor , trade book sales are up a healthy 6.9%! (Full disclosure: we are up 57%.). Print book sales are actually up (if only by a hair) and ebook sales have grown 44%.
Sorry to interrupt the wake, but we are in a thriving, growing industry, with more opportunities for innovation and creativity than ever. Let’s enjoy it!