After a long hiatus, the blog Bookseller Chick is back, providing thoughts on bookstores, publishing, and all things literary. Writes Linsey, the “Bookseller Chick” herself:
A lot has been happening in the book world lately—the flood of great Young Adult books, the rise of the self-publishing success, the increased sales of ebooks, Borders’ bankruptcy, HarperCollins’ new electronic policy for libraries, and Apple’s new reading app requirements—and these things are really starting to make fundamental changes in publishing.
Regardless of whether Old School wants it to or not, publish or perish has taken on a whole new meaning.
These shifts from the past to present, be they good or bad, are things that I dreamed of being part of when I was trying to transition from bookseller to part of the publishing world. And while I never made it into the publishing stratosphere, I’m still affected as a consumer of the end product: books. Ebooks, library books, mass market, trade and hard backs, I still read across the board despite the lack of discount.
Recent posts include a discussion of HarperCollins’s controversial 26-checkouts ebook policy, the pros and cons of bookselling, and a review of A. S. King’s Please Ignore Vera Dietz. The blog’s tone is warm, personal, and witty, and I’m glad it’s back.