As we pour more and more resources into digital versions of our work, the question remains, will it attract audiences. Will people read books on their iPad / iPhones or just play games, watch movies and blog? While more than 45% of Australian bookstores reported a drop in sales over Christmas, digital sales, at least via POD (print on demand) are on the dramatic rise – at least overseas.
Recently, the Australian Government decided to STUDY these issues (short for delaying definitive action?) by setting up a BISG (Book Industry Study Group) to canvas industry opinion on where the industry is heading. I made two submissions to the Secretariat and have been invited to a workshop in Brisbane where doubtlessly some directed brainstorming will take place.
The bad news (perhaps) is that I’ll be in Tasmania on 22 Feb when the workshop is held, but I’m still keen to keep feeding information to the BISG in the hope that they will actually be able to prompt positive action from the Government sooner rather than later.
I’d love to hear some grassroots opinion on the subject, so please let me know your thoughts. They might even get passed on to the BISG!