Too many books? Like that’s a bad thing.

May 30, 2015 | By | Reply More

With the Hay Literary Festival in full swing, Radio 4 programme Front Row asks the rather silly question . . . “Do we publish too many books?”

In front of a live audience, the panel discuss some of the pressing issues that face the book publishing industry today: has the emergence of digital books diluted the quality and undermined the value of books? Is self publishing a route to new and exciting authors or a path to derivative mediocrity? With so many authors, is it possible to make a living as a writer and are the writers who do make it, representative of the diversity of modern Britain?

Too many books? Like that's a bad thing.

Too many books? Like that’s a bad thing.

The panel are: Philip Jones editor of the trade journal The Bookseller, Crystal Mahey-Morgan Digital Sales and Marketing Director at Zed Books, Alexandra Pringle, the group editor in chief of Bloomsbury and Ali Sparks author of 41 books for children.

Listen in to this discussion at

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I have been working as a full-time author publishing fantasy and science fiction novels for HarperCollins for the last seven years.

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