Book Expo America: Waiting for Dan Brown
Last weekend, publishers, booksellers, authors and corned beef makers came together in New York for Book Expo America, the industry's big trade show. I wasn't able to make it, but it seems everyone was hunkering down to wait out the recession and bracing for the coming storm of digitized books. I've already seen that hurricane hit the newspaper industry, and it's a safe bet that it will be a rough ride for publishing, too. In the meantime, everyone is dying for the blockbuster that can bring sales -- like Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, which is set for a Sept. 15 release. Some quotes from BEA:
"If you read a book on paper, you're going to be definitely stamped as retro. This is not going to be a fashionable thing to do." -- Mike Shatzkin of Idea Logical Co. in The Washington Post.
"We're all waiting for the next thing — whatever that is." -- Novelist Richard Russo in USA Today.
“It is good for us to come to remind them as they are seeing those 10 Kindles on the subway on the way to work what value we feel we bring to the industry.” -- Independent bookseller Robert Sindelar in The New York Times.