Will the recession force publishing to get serious?
A book critic for the LA Times writes “[B]oth publishers and writers have long since given themselves over to a blockbuster mentality, even in regard to books that wouldn't normally fit that mold. In recent years, this has meant an increased focus on "author platforms" (whatever they are), as well as a frantic embrace of all things new -- blogs, author websites, social networking -- as if this, rather than its contents, is what sets a book apart.”
I agree with that, but I’m not sure I agree with everything he has to say. You can read it here.