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Meet the Publishing Pros: Mike Shatzkin, How Book Publishing Has Changed in the 21st Century

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 6:30 PM | Members’ Room | open to the public | $15 per person | registration required

The first two decades of the 21st century have created sweeping change in book publishing. Ebooks have arrived. Bookstores have lost sales to the Internet and have, by 20th-century standards, largely disappeared. Self-publishing by authors has become pretty common, and further advances in self-publishing seem around the corner. Sales to the entire world are now available to every publisher everywhere. Printing one book at a time has become commercially viable. This talk will review the changes we've seen with a few predictions about what might be next.

Mike Shatzkin has been involved with the book business since his first job as a sales clerk in Brentano's flagship Fifth Avenue bookstore in 1962. He has consulted to major publishers in the US and around the world as well as to their infrastructure (agents, wholesalers, and retailers). He has organized numerous industry conferences and has spoken at publishing events around the world. His blog, The Shatzkin Files, has appeared regularly for over 10 years. Speeches on his website, idealog.com, go back 25 years.

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