Thursday, January 18, 2007

Scalzi Interviews Pratt: An Excerpt

3. As a short story writer and as a professional observer of the publishing field, how healthy is the field these days -- both from the point of view of a writer, and from the point of view of a reader?

I actually think the publishing field is pretty healthy (though some recent upheavals in the publishing world threaten to put some small presses out of business; a major distributor just went bankrupt, and we're all holding our breath to see how things shake out). I've heard that, even though the percentage of people in America who read books is steadily falling, in terms of sheer numbers there are more readers now than ever -- because the population is increasing at a faster rate than the readership is decreasing! So you wind up with a smaller percentage but more actual readers. Which is simultaneously depressing and heartening. There's a lot of doom and gloom out there about the imminent demise of the publishing world, but people have been saying that for decades. The business will certainly change, but I don't think it's going to vanish.

The complete interview is HERE.

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