Episode 246: What A Difference A Decade Makes
This week, Josh and Dietrich look at how much the book industry has changed since they began rambling into cheap microphones for their tens of listeners a decade ago. They look at the staggering growth of Amazon, with the good (the Kindle and self publishing) alongside the bad (nearly everything else). They talk about the shift towards diversity, with women and minority authors making their voices heard more than ever, even in traditionally closed genres such as science fiction and fantasy. Josh discusses the fall of the big box bookstores, but the subsequent rise of independent bookstores, and Dietrich looks at the revolution of young adult fiction heralded by Rowling, Meyer, and Collins. In addition, the pair discuss the reaction to the last episode's announcement, and get emails about getting back into a reading groove and self help books. Finally, they wrap up with discussing a show about a nuclear meltdown, and a show about modern politics, and remain fairly ambivalent about which is the more horrifying disaster. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.