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Tools of Change 2010: w(h)ither publishing?

In the midst of the blizzard of tweets that have blown through Broadway over the past couple of days, one particular gust may have had delegates struggling to keep their balance.

It did not articulate itself in the bold-yet-breathless voice that publishers appear to have found for themselves this year, despite economic evidence to the contrary that would suggest a more moderate tone to be appropriate.

It did not express itself with the confident plangency that niche publishers are justly developing, busy as they are identifying, engaging with, and building businesses within and around the communities they serve.

It spoke of the gelid, adamantine facts that cannot at the moment be credibly refuted: publishing’s traditional business models are rapidly combusting.

What new business models are being forged in the conflagration?

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