A Lack of Books
Is the US reading less and less? Probably. Is this a big deal for online booksellers? Perhaps so. Does all the recent fanfare about the UK publishing more titles per year than the US mean a lot? Not at all. What it has done is served as a catalyst for bringing up questions one and two. But to say that this is indicative of the issues surrounding the first two points is obtuse. We can compare apples to oranges all day, in any circumstance, but it probably does not help us get at the root of what this means for our industry. Have no clue what this is in reference to? Here's a good jump off point article. Let's not forget that when 2004 numbers came out the publishing industry was slammed for producing way too many titles when sales remained relatively flat.