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Coelho thinks publishers don’t get the web

According to Paulo Coelho, publishers don’t understand the role of the Internet in the book industry. At the Frankfurt Book Fair, Coelho chastised publishers for not adapting in the face of the digital content craze. From The Guardian:

“Instead of seeing in this new media an opportunity to invent new ways of promotion, publishers concentrated on creating micro sites, which are totally outdated, and a few of them complained about the ‘misfortunes’ of the other cultural industries, perceiving the web as the ‘enemy’,” he said.

While it may have been a little melodramatic to say that publishers were “as bad as copyist monks bewailing the arrival of printed books back in the 16th century,” the article notes that Coelho’s statements may carry some weight. A survey of 1,000 book professionals found that while more than 70% of those surveyed said they felt ready for the digital challenge, 60% said they don’t use e-books or e-readers at all.

  • Don Bassingthwaite

    Perhaps this is addressed further in the November issue of Q&Q with the Kindle/Sony close-up, but how does using or not using e-books and readers reflect on readiness for a digital challenge?

    This doesn’t seem like a valid comparison.

  • digibooker

    I am sure tired of outsiders popping up and dissing the book industry for
    not abandoning the status quo and jumping ont the internet with all four feet.
    On the one hand they are invariably unaware of the degree to which book publishers
    have already adapted and on the other hand they have no appreciation for the need
    publishers have to keep their industry satisfying the multi-billion dollar market that
    continues to exist for the kind of services they have tradionally produced. Most
    publisahers I know are watching the scene very carefully and making all the adaptations
    that their customers want them to make. Whichis not nearly as much as the
    visionaries would like, but visionaries are notoriously bad at running successful businesses.

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