Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
The Dog-Eared Paperback, Newly Endangered in an E-Book Age
By JULIE BOSMAN, New York Times, Published: September 2, 2011.
sThese are dark and stormy times for the mass-market paperback, that squat little book that calls to mind the beach and airport newsstands.
Brian Snyder/Reuters - A Kindle reader on a train in Cambridge, Mass. E-book best-seller lists are full of genre novels.
Recession-minded readers who might have picked up a quick novel in the supermarket or drugstore are lately resisting the impulse purchase. Shelf space in bookstores and retail chains has been turned over to more expensive editions, like hardcovers and trade paperbacks, the sleeker, more glamorous cousin to the mass-market paperback. And while mass-market paperbacks have always been prized for their cheapness and disposability, something even more convenient has come along: the e-book.
A comprehensive survey released last month by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group revealed that while the publishing industry had expanded over all, publishers’ mass-market paperback sales had fallen 14 percent since 2008. Full story here.