Friday, 13 February 2009

BBC Money programme... PUBLISHING

Here's a link to the Money programme... dealing with publishing. Not very happy listening unless you happen to be a celebrity with a bio for sale, or a commercial writer who sits and writes with an eye firmly on the market. Losers? Literary writers, independent publishers and indie booksellers.



TOM J VOWLER said...

Damn those supermarkets; never stepping inside one again.

I tend to disagree with the summary at the end that 'the consumer is the winner through cheaper books, delivered to your doorstep'. The consumer, thanks to these ugly commercial dynamics, is being 'told' what to read, and is likely missing out entirely on all the wonderful new literary fiction out there.

Vanessa Gebbie said...

Hi Tom

That was my first reaction... but I have to admit that they are correct when they say that years ago, bookshops were the province of the 'hedjicated clarses'. And now, everyone buys books. It's just their tastes are so different... I cant fathom how on earth 'the consumer' can ever be analysed into a single blob!

The sad thing is hearing fay EWeldon talking about having to churn out stuff for the market. Yup, if you can do that, you are made, I guess. Bring on the vampires, sex in foreign locations and a smattering of violence!