Tuesday, May 25, 2010
E-books, Piracy, and the Value of the Book at BookExpo 2010
The opening plenary at Book Expo America featured, as its discussion topic “The Value of the Book,” which stems, in part, from an Op-Ed piece that appeared in The New York Times (January 2, 2010) by Jonathan Galassi, President of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, titled There’s More to Publishing Than Meets the Screen. BEA and ABA officials acknowledge that this is a watershed year for change in the industry, and it is critically important to get leaders and opinion makers with different interests and from different segments of the industry together in one room to discuss the many aspects of “value” in books. The panel featured Chief Executives and professionals from the book industry and discussion was heated, particularly around issues like piracy, the long term viability of e-books vs print books, and what direction the industry should take.