The Changing World of Book Publishing

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Amy Einhorn, Publisher and Vice President of Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam, and Ben Schrank, President and Publisher of Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, talk about the changing business of book publishing and how, as editors, they try to predict which books will be bestsellers.


Amy Einhorn and Ben Schrank

Comments [7]

I think Amy Einhorn is a golden goddess of publishing, and I will read every book she does.

That said... the tired, fuddy nature of this conversation contrasts sharply with the vibrant indie publishing conversations I participated in this year at SXSW and the London Book Fair. As an author with one foot in each world, I think the energy level is the starkest difference between indie and corporate publishing right now.

As creative risk becomes increasingly fiscally inadvisable for corporate publishers, indies are creating a high ground for books that don't fit in at WalMart. We hear about the tiny handful of Hockings who've made it huge, but there's no real coverage of the groundswell of seasoned professional authors who were displaced by publishing industry dynamics and are now making good money and reaching thousands of new readers as indies.

How 'bout it Leonard?

Peace and grooviness ~

Apr. 26 2012 01:27 PM
Indian Book Industry from New Delhi

Every country has rich resources which should be shared on common plateforn through electronic media as it is cheaper and faster.

Apr. 25 2012 02:32 PM
Ro from Manhattan

Why is Mr. Schrank gabbling? Can barely understand him! Very frustrating.

Apr. 24 2012 01:56 PM
Erica from New York

I think it's unfortunate that there are a lack of diverse voices in the publishing world. There is very little representation by people of color in editorial, production, or sales rooms. That translates into a lack of diversity in bookstores. It would great to see voices that represented more of the world.

Apr. 24 2012 01:51 PM
Elle from Brooklyn

No, neither the big box stores nor the independents will benefit. Amazon will.

Apr. 24 2012 01:48 PM
Ed from Larchmont

How is the immediate e-book publishing affecting this publishing house?

Apr. 24 2012 01:42 PM
MP from Brooklyn

It seems to me that bestsellers are, almost by definition, not the best books.

Apr. 24 2012 01:38 PM

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