Boosting the Industry

As I was searching for something to post here I couldn’t help but notice that very few people who write about the publishing industry online can seem to agree whether or not e-book sales are growing or shrinking. Every other article I found suggested that e-books are going out of style and that the rise of print books has returned. But the other half suggest the opposite. There seems to be a problem with data reporting from Amazon and other prominent e-book sellers.

But ideas for the industry, both in print and e-publishing, are always being presented. 
This article brings up an idea for e-publishing and backlist titles as well as suggesting that e-book sales are really effective at reaching international audiences. 
This editorial recognizes the need for the industry to have a boost. I hadn’t heard of the “Renew the Book” project before and I can’t wait to see what comes out of it. 


Comic Book Audience and Gender

I think this little write-up is really interesting. As it says, “53% of comic readers are now women, up from 40% just three years ago.” I love this trend in comic readership as well as the new content being produced by women, LGBT writers, and other marginalized groups. Diversifying the comic world is a great place to start as comic readership is soaring and more audiences are being reached. I was just at Long Beach Comic Con this weekend and the amount of independent comics being put out by women is amazing, not to mention the attendees of all ages and genders. It’s a growing market that comic publishers like Marvel Comics are cashing in on, to the benefit of readers and publishers alike.