Now we’re going to find out what keeps our great leader, David Prescott, awake at night. He’s talking with Tim Godfray, CEO of the Booksellers Association, Richard Mollet, CEO of the Publishers Association and Roger Horton, CEO of T&F. Lots of fast talking people means little typing. There is also no presentation to copy either and I’m not sure who is who, apart from David or course.
David is concerned about the dominance of Amazon on the marketplace and the failure of the competitions authorities in investigating them. This is not a dig against Amazon though, rather looking at how the industry is kept in check. See, I listened to David but now he’s saying that publicly funded orgs shouldn’t distort the market. Matthew and I audibly said ‘ahem’ and looked away, having worked in the BBC for many, many years! #BBCJam He’s also talking about building the value of digital content rather than it being something perceived as the cheap thing that comes with a print book. Publishers and booksellers need to work hard at this to change the mindset of the public.
Tim has just stood up and started a presentation. He’s the only one. The others look, quite frankly, horrified! He’s concerned about libraries selling books, Amazon making amazing things that will kill the industry (drones etc…). The monopoly they hold isn’t helping the industry. He thinks publishers are not supporting booksellers effectively. Copyright infringement also keeps him awake, which is probably why he had time to make a presentation! Good lord, a whole slide of small print. WHAT IS GOING ON HERE!