David Miller has a post about digital publishing over on the FutureBook blog. He discusses the mindset that separates publishing and digital publishing. It is rather interesting.
But: what’s different about digital publishing? The answer should be: nothing. It’s a fact that we talk about digital and traditional publishing and we need to stop that now. One of my frustrations is that many publishers seem to keep editors away from digital discussions, leaving contracts and "digital" departments to take things on. I met a writer at the Book Fair who had talked to a corporate digital supremo. The hint had come that "digital" publishing would be better without editors. Many of the editors I’ve worked with in the last twenty years roll their eyes at the digital bollocks they now have to consider. From an agent’s perspective, I want a publisher to have a view as to how to publish a book, and the editor should be intrinsic to those discussions.