Advisory Board Member in the Spotlight

Vice President, Global Content and Media Production for Cengage LearningMichael Weinstein, Production Director for Teachers College Press and Pace MS in Publishing Advisory Board member, recently wrote a piece for Book Business Magazine on the recent Publishing Book Expo and Conference that took place in NYC on September 23rd to the 25th. Click here to get his take on the conference and his thoughts on “the ever-increasing Amazon dominance of the world.”

Advisory Board Member in the Spotlight

Advisory Board member Michael Weinstein’s article “Reports of the Bookstore’s Death Are Greatly Exaggerated” was recently published by BookBusiness magazine.   The article discusses the future of bookstores, touching on their place in the publishing industry and future business model.  Below are two excerpts that describe what Weinstein feels will become of bookstores:

 

There’s been a great deal of conjecture lately about the future of the bookstore: What will happen to the B&N stores (especially if they do plan to reduce the number of stores)? What about independent bookstores? Will Amazon crush bricks-and-mortar stores out of existence? Oh, lordy, will there even be such a thing as a bookstore!?!?”

 

Part of me wants to suggest that we take the emotional hot button of the “nobility” of the bookstore (particularly the local independent variety) out of the discussion and just talk cold/hard facts. But I don’t think we can. I think there are enough people out there that see (and feel) the value of the experience (as Sturdivant wrote), who want and NEED bookstores to exist, to contribute enough to keep them going.”

 

Click here to read the full article!