BEA Review from a Different Angle:
Here are some almost amusing excerpts from an article about the last BEA (my inner comments in brackets)
… to witness the digital revolution turn yesterday’s “gentleman’s business” of publishing into everyman’s global printing press. (Now we have to deal with the plebs)
The lines are blurring between what used to be called “gray publishing” (nowadays e-books and self-publishing) and traditional publishing such as trade, academic, scholarly and professional books.
Software companies, suppliers and distributors held prominent booth space near doors and at the end of aisles. Many larger publishers either didn’t attend, or had private curtained rooms at the side of the show floor. I hadn’t seen that hideaway routine at earlier shows. (Are they hiding from their customers, writers or from the digital progress?)
Well, I liked the expression “gentleman’s business” best, it sounds so wonderful old-fashioned arrogant.