Stone Bridge Press founder and publishing whiz Peter Goodman attended the IBPA conference in Portland last week as the outgoing IBPA chair. One central point of discussion called for an industry summit to explore ways to improve the retail book-buying environment for consumers and make it more fair for nontraditional publishers.
"[Goodman] envisioned a model that would depend heavily on print-on-demand and an improved device similar to the Espresso Book Machine that he believes would allow customers to buy the books they want, not just the books available on a store's shelves. He noted that bricks and mortars often exclude titles from nontraditional publishers."
Read more about the conference and this new paradigm shift here: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/trade-shows-events/article/73302-ibpa-meeting-pushes-for-parity.html