Are books dead, and can authors survive," you need to take a few minutes to read it. It's really long, but try to make it through. It's thought-provoking and definitely something we need to talk about more as authors.
This has been on my mind quite a bit lately as I've watched the publishing industry struggle. Will authors eventually end up like sweat-shop workers, putting in long, hard hours for little to no pay? By choice? In the future, I assume artists will still be paid for the sculptures and paintings they create. Musicians lose money on pirated downloads, but can still make money performing live. But what about authors?
I liked the final paragraph of the article:
"I ask you to take the long view, to look a generation beyond where we are now, and to express concern for the future of the book. I ask you to vote that the end of "the book" as written by professional writers, is imminent; and not to be placated with short-term projections and enthusiasms intended to reduce fear in a confused market. I ask you to leave this place troubled, and to ask yourself and as many others as you can, what you can do if you truly value the work of the people formerly known as writers."