Despite reports to the
contrary, this is a great time to be in publishing. I don't mean to
make light of the countless media layoffs, paper-thin magazines, anemic
advertising revenue, risk-averse book publishers, or a once-venerable
newspaper industry that seems to be printing more pink slips than
papers these days. And, yes, I too am worried about my media job.
Still, when I think about the vast array of new opportunities—the
e-book platform, on-demand publishing, customized editorial,
mobile commerce platforms, and an ever-growing global audience of
sophisticated readers—I see a thriving industry in the making.
Publishing will survive. It just won't look anything like what we're