Books And Publishers: Doomed To Extinction?
In the face of electronic readers and digital downloads, it's easy to point a finger and say there lies the reason books and, by extension, those who write and publish them are going the way of the dinosaurs.
Author and ghostwriter Michael Levin acknowledges the impact the digital world has had in hastening the demise of the book, but in the second part of Wednesday's Central Standard he points out other contributing factors in his conversation with Jabulani Leffall. Levin also offers a model that calls upon publishers, writers, and readers to do their part if the book is to avoid extinction.
Michael Levin is the founder and CEO of BusinessGhost, Inc. As a New York Times best-selling author he has written, co-written or ghostwritten more than 100 books, of which eight are national best sellers.
Levin's works have been optioned for film and TV by Steven Soderbergh/Paramount, HBO, Disney, ABC, and others. He has also made contributions to the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, the Jerusalem Post, Writers Digest, and CBS News. Michael has taughth writing classes at the University of California – Los Angeles and New York University.
As an Amherst College and Columbia Law School graduate, Michael served for many years as a member of the prestigious Authors Guild Council and as Treasurer of the Authors Guild Foundation.
Michael currently resides with his wife and four children in Orange County, California.