Publishing predictions for 2016

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The experts are weighing in on what trends and changes they expect to see in publishing in 2016. Listed below are a few highlights. What do you predict will happen in book publishing over the next 12 months?

Jonathon Sturgeon, Flavorwire, predicts:

Increase in co-authored books.

Proliferation of “adult relaxation” books (AKA coloring books)

Billionaire erotica out; “prole erotica” in

Mark Coker, Smashwords, predicts:

Indie authors will edge into large publishers’ market share

Many full-time indie authors will quit or minimize production

Increase in use of pre-order option to boost sales

Publishing Technology predicts:

Fastest growth segments will be audio and children’s publishing

Ebook and print will diverge into parallel markets

Publishers will cut mid-list authors

Tom Chalmers, blogger on Digital Book World, predicts:

Increased focus on foreign sales

Growth of print sales

Evolution of book fairs and micro-fairs

Alexandra Alter, The New York Times, looks back at 2015:

Audiobook sales rose

There was no single breakout novel in lit fiction

POV is enough to re-do an old favorite

 

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