I’m sure everyone’s heard of the effect this worldwide economic recession is having on books. Some articles on various publishing news venues sound apocalyptic, like publishing will fold tomorrow if something doesn’t give. I don’t understand enough about the finances of the business (the model is befuddling to say the least—the bookstore can return unsold books to the publisher at no loss to them?!) to give my own opinion in the matter. But I read an awesome post on one of my favorite editor blogs, Editorial Ass, which is more optimistic than most and tries to put the problem in manageable terms. You can check it out here.
Basically, what Moonie says is while things are grim right now, it’s not the death of book publishing as we know it. However (how many contradictions can I have in a single paragraph?) many publishers lost a lot of money in this past month because of the lessening sales. So she proposes a way to help that we can all contribute with. It won’t save publishing by any means; but it can’t hurt, so what’s the harm?
Let’s all buy a book this weekend. I’d sworn off buying anything for the rest of this year because I’m way too overwhelmed as it is, but I’m going back on it because I think it’s the least I can do. So I’ll do it.
I’m posting this here because I believe in our—us teens’—amazing word-of-mouth power. Hell, we turned YA into a huge success; no one can deny it. So, this weekend, do as Moonie says—buy a book. Be it cheap, paperback, whatever. (And I don’t just mean other teens who read this—I mean everyone.) Especially bloggers who get free books on a daily basis—let’s give back some, yeah? Every sale helps, after all.
So, if you’re participating on this effort, what’re you buying? I’m buying How My Private, Personal Journal Became a Bestseller by Julie DeVillers because it’s a Penguin book and Penguin’s been very good to me, an international blogger and all. :)
Saturday, November 8, 2008