Richard Nash is a publishing visionary who not only will tell you where he thinks the book publishing world is going, he's also out there trying to explore and innovate at the edges himself, first with famous independent publisher Soft Skull Press, then his own startup Cursor and, most recently, with Small Demons.
No matter where he's at, Nash always has an insightful take on the current state of publishing and where he sees it going and this conversation is no exception. In fact, I'd venture to say that this podcast is a must-listen for anyone trying to figure out what book publishing will look like in a few years.
Richard and I first talk about Small Demons and the concept behind the company, which is looking to marry big data and the world in between a book's covers. We then examine the broader industry, where we talk about future business models for the traditional "big six" publishers, the future of the book itself, vertical integration of content industries like music, movies and books, social reading, and efforts like Pottermore and Joss Whedon's Dr. Horrible as examples of possible leading lights for the future of publishing going forward.
This conversation was a bit longer than my normal podcast (over 50 minutes), only because Richard and I had so much to talk about. Again, if you're interested in the future of book publishing, I really suggest you give this one a listen.