Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dorchester lays off its editors-- bad news

A writer's take on the Dorchester news.


Julie Harrington said...

Okay this is very interesting and timely. I was *just* discussing what was going on with Dorchester over dinner yesterday with a friend (well, the little I'd read about what was going on, I should say) and talking about what several online people were saying about what this could do to the future of book publishing, royalties, etc., and my friend gave me a weird look and said, "It sounds to me like something got seriously mismanaged and now they're scrambling to keep their head above water. If this wasn't a book publisher and somebody who made cars or something, what would you say? I'd say they'll fold within a year."

Reading the blog made me wonder if the friend had, indeed, garnered the right conclusion and that the change over was prompted by an inside business problem than it was a "let's make the natural move toward ebooks because that's the future and now all publishers will follow...." which is how a lot of people were interpreting what was going on with them.

Watching this play out will be very interesting.


Edittorrent said...

Well, see how many editors they have left. That'll be a sign of whether they mean to acquire a lot in the future.

Interesting news. I keep hearing there'll be news about B/N soon too.