A new book by author James Patterson, titled Why Is The Publishing Industry Dying?, will be released on Wednesday.
It is an examination of the current state of the publishing publishing industry and its impact on authors and publishers.
The author’s title is a reference to a tweet by Donald Trump in which the President expressed concern over the collapse of the printing industry, which he said was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people and that “we are not talking about the printing of books.”
Patterson wrote that the Trump tweet came after Trump had made an impassioned plea for the publishing sector to save itself from collapse, telling a group of journalists that they needed to “fight for survival,” according to the Atlantic.
The tweet came in response to a comment by the president, who called for the “greatest revival of American manufacturing” and said, “The American publishing industry has been the engine that has kept America afloat.”
Patterson told The Atlantic that he “couldn’t have imagined” that Trump would make such a statement and said that Trump was “playing to the worst of his base.”
He said that “Trump has been so badly wrong in his assessment that he’s given the world the very definition of an enemy.”
“We’re living in a time where the very people who have given us so much hope, so much energy and so much support, are in a death spiral,” Patterson said.
“They’re losing jobs.
They’re losing power.
They have no control over the fate of their companies.
They’ve become a pariah,” he added.
The publishing industry is facing a variety of challenges, from digital distribution issues to an increase in piracy and the lack of a reliable, consistent distribution system, Patterson said, citing research that shows that more than 90 percent of digital sales come from pirated media, which often is not sold through traditional retailers.
The authors point out that “this has nothing to do with publishers being bad people, but rather, with the fact that they have failed to adapt to new digital formats and platforms, which are inherently more difficult to monetize.”
The publishing sector is currently experiencing the greatest economic and technological collapse in its history, according to Patterson, with an industry that has been struggling to survive for the last four decades.
The publishing industry suffered from a combination of factors, including a decline in the number of independent publishers and the consolidation of the industry, according a 2016 study published by the American Booksellers Association.
According to Patterson’s book, the digital publishing industry was hit particularly hard by the collapse in ebook sales, which were down 21 percent between 2014 and 2017.
In 2016, e-book sales accounted for just over 60 percent of the overall market, but the number dropped to a paltry 3 percent in 2017.
Patterson, who was raised in the publishing community, has lived in New York City for more than 25 years and has been writing about the publishing business for more, according the Atlantic’s interview with him.
Patterson has been publishing since the mid-1980s and has written more than a dozen books, including the novel The Death of Everything, which has won multiple awards.
The novel is set in the 1980s, when he was still in his teens and living in Chicago.