Saturday, November 8, 2008

So, Is Publishing in the Toilet?

Hey, guys.

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. :)

14 comments:

Lenore said...

I just bought some books earlier this week, but I can always pick out a couple more from my wish list!

thatonegirlemily said...

I do need to buy a book so maybe I will! There are so many on my wish list that I really want. It's almost my birthday too, so I'll just tell all my friends to just buy me books! So theres my support to the publishing world. Everything will be okay. I don't understand why people are freaking out, the economy is bad, we all know that, but we can and we will rebound!

Amee said...

I won't be able to buy until Christmas but I'll make my contribution then, ten fold!

R.J. Anderson said...

I just bought Lament by Maggie Stiefvater, which I loved, and ordered Catherine Fisher's Sapphique from amazon.co.uk because I couldn't get it here in Canada.

And I always buy my nephews and nieces books for Christmas -- it's my trademark gift. Nobody else in the family gives books, so I've got to make up for it, clearly!

WannabeWriter said...

I'm broke this weekend. NEXT weekend, I will DEFINITELY get a new book. :[ But I *did* get my dad to buy me a book on writing yesterday. It's co-written by Laura Whitcomb, who wrote the great YA A Certain Slant of Light, so indirectly, I helped save the YA economy.

:]

Alea said...

*shakes fist* The one weekend I don't go to Borders you tell me to buy something! LOL!

Sarahbear9789 said...

I guess I'll go do some early christmas shopping. Since I get paid on Monday. =)

harmonybookreviews said...

I won't be buying anything this weekend, unfortunately, but I'll be buying AT LEAST 10 books as Christmas presents and I hope to have people buy me some so hopefully that'll help out a bit ;)

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Reader Rabbit said...

I just bought 4 books and this weekend I'm flatout broke.

Hopefully next weekend I'll have money...and will be able to think of something I want >_<

Julia said...

Wow, I appreciate your column very much but most especially because you chose my book as your purchase. I hope you like it!!! Julia DeVillers

Kimberly Derting said...

Thanks so much for posting this great idea! I'll be heading out this morning to do some early Christmas shopping at Borders!!! :)

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I don't understand all this either, but I do try and buy a lot of books...so hopefully it's helping!

I just bought two books this past week for Christmas gifts. I know I'm buying at LEAST one more for a gift and after christmas, I'm always buying books. It's an addiction, but hey! I'm helping, right??

-Lauren

Jennifer Banash said...

Yes, publishing is indeed in the toliet. Case in point: My independent press just had to close its doors due to high distributer fees and massive returns from Borders.

Impetus Press R.I.P.

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