That article in the Guardian

So, the article I wrote for the Guardian about book publishing, statistics, gloom and optimism has caused quite a splash today: hundreds of retweets, lots of comments on, a few grumbles but also a great many hurrahs (which I’ll come back to later in the week).

For now, this is just to say “thanks for listening”, and to give a place here for discussion of the article if, for some reason, people don’t fancy doing so on

And in conclusion: I’m not and never have said that everything in the garden is rosy. I’m just saying the data that’s available doesn’t prove that it isn’t. That is all.

Picture from mtsofan on Flickr.

About Lloyd Shepherd

Lloyd is the author of The English Monster and The Poisoned Island. He lives in London, but dreams of Manchester.


  1. A belated thanks for what I thought was an excellent article. Struck a good balance between the two camps that discussions about publishing now seem to fall into: ‘the sky is falling and four horsemen are approaching’ vs ‘ebooks will bring world peace and an end to hunger’.

    Good or bad, it’s an interesting time to be a writer.

  2. Lloyd Shepherd says:

    Thanks Iain – appreciate that.


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