Bloomington, Ind. (PRWEB) December 7, 2009
Kevin Weiss, president and CEO of Author Solutions, the world leader in indie book publishing, issued a video statement Monday addressing the importance of providing expanded choice and opportunity in the book publishing industry.
During the three-and-a-half-minute statement Weiss addresses concerns that the rise of self-publishing, including ASI's groundbreaking partnerships with leading traditional publishers, signals the destruction of the industry. Rather than the end of an industry, Weiss views these new alliances as signs the industry is adapting to new realities.
"The publishing industry has been around for many, many years, and it will continue to be around for many years into the future, but what it looks like will be different," Weiss said. "And that's the thing that's difficult for people today. Change is hard. You can either be impacted by change or you can embrace change."
Weiss also addresses protests lodged by writer's guilds in response to last month's announcement of a publishing partnership with women's fiction publisher Harlequin Enterprises Limited. Weiss takes exception to these guilds' position that only traditionally-published books can succeed.
"There are plenty of books in traditional publishing today that just don't make it; it's a hits business," Weiss said. "It's why the publishing industry is going through a transformation today and the consumer has everything to say about what is good content and what isn't good content. To say that in order for a book to make it in the marketplace it has to blessed by a traditional publisher doesn't make any sense in 2009."
To view Weiss's full statement, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lT6ynw614G0. For more information on how Author Solutions and indie book publishing are increasing the number of opportunities and choices for authors, readers and publishers, log on to authorsolutions.com.
About Author Solutions, Inc.
Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI), an Inc. 5000 company, is owned by Bertram Capital and is the world leader in indie book publishing--the fastest-growing segment of publishing. ASI's self-publishing brands--AuthorHouse, AuthorHouse UK, iUniverse, Trafford, Xlibris, and Wordclay--have helped more than 85,000 authors self-publish, promote, and bring to market more than 120,000 new titles. Through strategic alliances with leading trade publishers, ASI is making it possible for publishers to monetize unpublished manuscripts, develop new literary talent efficiently, and provide emerging authors a platform for bringing their books to market. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, ASI also operates offices in Indianapolis and Milton Keynes, England. Visit authorsolutions.com, or call 1-888-519-5121 x5238 for more information.
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