The rapid growth of digital publishing has allowed new companies like mine to enter the market in a way that would have been very difficult under the traditional publishing model. Many traditional publishing houses are scrambling to understand the impact of digital publishing on their business models, and to develop strategies to benefit from it (or, in some cases, to simply survive it).
Finally, I am also seeing a pattern of individual works having a shorter and shorter lifespan; most apps, if they make it to the top if the charts, only stay there for a few weeks. The possibilities of digital distribution have sped up our already rapid-fire pace, and I am left wondering how “new” classics can emerge and endure in this publishing model.
In the digital future, I an looking for:
- increased accessibility - many more out-of-print books available in digital format
- increased options for public libraries to be able to share or lend digital books
- more educational institutions transitioning to digital textbooks
- mobility of all content for users across all age groups - the future belongs to tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices