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Three Cycles of Disruptive Change in Publishing

Published on March 5, 2015

Senior Editor Cary Sherburne speaks with Thad McIlroy, principal of consulting firm The Future of Publishing to learn more about ... the future of publishing, including three cycles of disruptive change he has identified.

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By Gordon Pritchard on Mar 05, 2015

One thing not mentioned is that the publisher's stranglehold on the market has been broken - anyone can be a publisher. This is akin to the democratization of news reporting by Twitter, YouTube et. al. that is killing the conventional news distribution/publishing business.

 

By Thad McIlroy on Mar 05, 2015

@Gordon Pritchard. Good points. The truism that "anyone can be a publisher" should probably have an addendum "but that doesn't mean that anyone will become a LARGE publisher." The overall financial structure of the U.S. book industry is pretty much the same as it was pre-Internet -- much of the consolidation predates the technology shift.

 

By Paul Lindstrom on Mar 06, 2015

Thad/Gordon; another "addendum" might be . . .not everyone can or will be a trust wordy or good publisher/editor. Yes, there is a lot of free information on the internet and on social media, but maybe/hopefully people still want well researched- and written "stuff", and are willing to pay for it.

/Paul

 

By Thad McIlroy on Mar 06, 2015

@Paul Lindstrom. Touché!

 

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