Monday, June 8, 2009

New York Book Expo: "Books are Hard to Sell"

It's easy to find Book Expo reports lamenting the death of books, the loss of publishing glamor, and tanking book sales. Just do a google search of the word "despair."  My favorite quote comes from a  New York Magazine article, as follows: "That seems silly, not to take even a small booth,” said Grove Atlantic head Morgan Entrekin, standing in front of his tiny one-table berth — the same as last year. He and other indie publishers found themselves in the odd position of wise and stable elders, people accustomed to lean times and less prone to making sudden moves in response to huge market forces. In good times and bad, said Entrekin, "It's hard as shit to sell books."
*Photo is a giant inflatable sculpture by Paul McCarthy, entitled "Complex Shit." And he ain't whistling Dixie.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is it just me or does the inflatable poop have a face and breasts?

Where do you find your images, WR?!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if you've already commented on this, WR, but what do you make of the digital readers?

Anonymous said...

wow, that sculpture would be awesome in a psa commercial about people cleaning up after their dogs.

Anonymous said...

Hm. It's hard to sell some books, but many books are easy to sell. I work at a bookstore, and sell lots of them every day.

Hard: Ugly looking hardcovers on obscure or unpleasant topics.

Easy: Interesting looking paperbacks on timely subjects, books with vampires/zombies, and mysteries.

The main change I've noticed since the economy tanked is customers' reluctance to buy hardcovers. People are more willing to wait a whole year to buy a book than they used to be.

Anonymous said...

Could you possibly describe what constitutes a beautiful book cover, and maybe give examples...