In this time of restless techonological transition, we’re constantly calling business-as-usual in the book industry into question. And in many ways, it’s healthy and long overdue. Yet when I hang out with friends like Colleen Lindsay, who – like me – can remember how the industry operated in the days when faxes and Fed Ex were the spanking new technologies, we also tend to lament aspects of the industry that are fading.
Like what, you ask?
- Like booksellers who hand-sell based on personal connections with their customers.
- Like the grounding many people got in bookselling as their first step on the ladder, watching which books moved and why, before they climbed into the industry’s ivory tower in New York.
- Like manuscript production editors who are enormously adept factcheckers and editors in their own right.
- Like the primacy of personal relationships in a small industry
I’m sure you have your own example, don’t you?
So, come chat with Colleen (@ColleenLindsay) and me on Twitter from 4-5pm today about the aspects of the industry we should be sure to carry with us into the digital age.
Quick, let’s spark some inspiration before we throw out the proverbial baby with the bathwater!
To join the #followreader conversation, here’s what to do:
- Just before 4pm ET today, log in to Twitter or whatever interface you prefer. (We recommend Tweetchat, which refreshes quickly and automatically loads your hashtag when you are in the discussion.)
- To follow the discussion, run a search for #followreader
- I’ll start by asking a few questions, before opening up the discussion to the group.
- To post a comment to the discussion, make sure that the hashtag #followreader is in each tweet you write.