On Listening and Learning

June 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment
by Kassia Krozser

Edward Champion gets to the crux of the matter. With grace, wit, and verve:

My suspicions about BEA have more to do with whether this massive conference is presently in the right form with which to bring together these many viewpoints. Perhaps the manner in which we unite publishers, booksellers, authors, and assorted parties needs to match the drastic manner in which the industry is changing. The digital enthusiasts need to understand the perspective of a 60-year-old publisher who will never use a Kindle. And the frightened publisher needs to comprehend why readers aren’t jumping up and down about DRM. It has become vitally important for us to listen to the opposite perspective. We can’t just keep to the comfortable corners of the room.

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  • ReacherFan // Jun 3, 2009 at 6:43 pm

    Excellent observation – but whither the publishing industry? I’ve yet to see any truly well thought out predictions other than the generalized ‘more epublishing’. Surely Jeff Bezos cannot be the only major player with a vision! I don’t much care for his, so I’m hoping for a coherent, organized alternative.