Michael 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 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!
Michael Weinstein is a member of the Publishing Executive Hall of Fame and has 35 years experience in production, manufacturing, content management and change management.
He is currently Production Director for Teachers College Press. Previously, he was Vice President, Global Content and Media Production for Cengage Learning. Prior to that he was Vice President of Production and Manufacturing for Oxford University Press, Pearson/Prentice Hall, Worth Publishers and HarperCollins. Michael is also the new President of the Book Industry Guild of NY.
Michael recently agreed to be a member of the Advisory Board for the MS in Publishing program and we are thrilled to have him be a part of our program. His wealth of experience and expertise will be invaluable to our students and faculty as we continually develop and update our curriculum to meet the needs the dynamic and ever changing publishing industry.
In a recent blog post for Book Business Magazine Michael, in an article entitled The Kids are Alright: Publishing Education, Michale shares his thoughts on what is attracting young people to the industry today and how education programs prepare people for careers in an ever changing industry.
To read the post, click here.