Almost a year ago, I wrote an article about Googazon, in which I predicted that Google and Amazon would one begin buying up all the major publishing houses until there were only Google and Amazon left to publish books.
This week we have the news that Amazon has bought Marshall Cavendish, a major publisher. Not only that, Amazon has also announced its library, with which it intends to pay authors a Public lending Right from a fund of $6 million.
This truly is the beginning of the end of publishing as we know it and I feel really quite smug that I predicted this almost exactly a year ago. Expect an orgy of purchasing in the next year or two – I should be buying shares or something!
This last year I have rewired my brain into the video world of YouTube. I find writing my blog really rather old-fashioned. Wanting to write something on this subject I found that I really couldn’t be bothered to type anymore. So I bought Dragon dictation for the Mac and and I’m talking all this text into my computer, pretty much flawlessly, with only a couple of minutes training.
Okay this is a little weird because I’m recording this blog post on my iPhone and I’m just talking straight into it and I’m not doing any typing at all.
I’m having to think and talk a little more slowly than usual because if I talk too fast, my words will slur and the machine will get confused.
Talking slowly means that my brain is not working at normal speed and so what I want to say is not coming out in a natural kind of way. However this is my first blog post that has not been typed at all. It’s all being done just by speaking into my iPhone and the Dragon dictation software sorts it out.
Now I’m typing. I had to correct about four words and put in the punctuation. You would do this when editing anyway. Very interesting. Maybe talking more slowly and clearly is a skill worth practicing?