Writing Can Be Murder

November 25, 2008

The sky is falling, or the bottom is falling out of the publishing world

Filed under: Uncategorized — love2wryte @ 6:18 am

So the news that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt has “temporarily stopped acquiring manuscripts” across its trade and reference divisions has thrown the publishing world into a tizzy.

Everyone knows the publishing industry (like pretty much every other industry) is taking a pounding, but I predict that soon people will be saying that “Now is the time that ebooks will come into their own.”



  1. Oh, the gloom and doom…thanks, Harcourt, for ensuing panic. We ‘ppreciate ya!

    Comment by colbymarshall — November 25, 2008 @ 9:21 am | Reply

  2. As much as I’m one for sustainability, which e-books support, there’s just something about the flip of a page that you just can’t replace with the click of a button. This publishing pounding saddens me greatly…

    Comment by Karen — November 25, 2008 @ 9:12 pm | Reply

  3. Colby — Just in time for the joyous holiday season!

    Karen — I agree. You can’t fold the pages of an ebook. (can you?)

    Comment by love2wryte — November 26, 2008 @ 12:32 am | Reply

  4. *gasp* /Fold/ the pages? You mean dog-ear the corners? Oh, the horror! (Personally, I can never bear to crease a book like that… It horrifies me when my best friend opens his paperbacks to almost flat-out)

    And no. No you can’t. Though I assume you can get one with some form of flip-page animation as it changes pages… My gramma’s just automatically snaps to the next page.

    Comment by Karen — November 27, 2008 @ 1:21 am | Reply

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