What will be the future of the book? Will it exist in a tangible form in 25 years? What will be the role of the publisher, the bookseller, the librarian? We’re all writers now, inventors, creators of news, and bloggers. We no longer need the gatekeepers of the past to produce, review, and circulate books. Isn’t it all about self-publishing now – a seamless process direct from the author to the reader and cutting out all those in the middle?
Put a date in your diary for Saturday 1st December – at the Mitchell
‘The Battle for the Book’: Publishing Scotland’s Book Week Scotland Debate
The House Motion:
“Publishers, libraries and booksellers are totally redundant links in the book world – what matters now is the author and the reader.”
Introduced by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, and chaired by Sheena McDonald, the debate will feature an expert panel drawn from the worlds of writing, publishing, bookselling, and libraries: James Daunt, Managing Director of Waterstones; Ewan Morrison, writer; Karen Cunningham, Head of Glasgow Libraries and Sara Hunt, Saraband, publisher. Book tickets here.