No Punches Pulled at Digital Minds Conference

british punchesBritish humor may deal in subtlety, but British conference keynote speakers less so.

Opening the London Book Fair’s Digital Minds conference, best-selling British author Anthony Horowitz gave an impassioned talk setting the stage for a day of panels, speeches and networking. He described the current landscape of the publishing industry, within the first minutes of his speech calling amazon “evil,” quickly adding that he uses it all the time because it’s “wonderful.”

Horowitz went on to describe the precarious position that some publishers find themselves in with the rise of self-publishing and the evolving book and ebook retail markets. And despite knowing that he could probably make more money today by abandoning his publisher, he doesn’t because he values the editing, book packaging and marketing and distribution expertise.



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