My Predictions for the Book World in the 2020s

Hello dear readers, I have a post that I’ve been wanting to write for a while for you today.

I was looking back at my childhood and remembering books and publishing from when I was a kid and how it has changed since then.

That got me thinking about what I think will happen in the next ~10 years in the publishing world.

These are just things that I think will happen. If I happen to be correct, then good for me, if I am not, then oh well.

What are your predictions for the book world? Do you agree or disagree with any of my predictions? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Physical Books

I don’t foresee any major change in this department. I think the printing of physical books has found a happy medium in terms of sales. There might be some spikes and some lows of people buying physical books, but it will more or less stay the same with maybe a small growth.

I find a lot of less serious readers prefer to have a physical book in their hands because they don’t see the need for an e-reader. A lot of book bloggers/tubers also seem to like getting their hands on physical books, though plenty like e-books too.


e-Books

I think the demand for e-books will continue to grow at a steady pace. It is becoming a much more affordable and portable way to read. If authors and publishers want to keep e-readers happy though, I think they will need to find ways to ensure more accessible files for their e-books, which brings me to my second point.

I think we will see more variety in types of e-readers. I think a few companies will develop their own version of a Kindle, with unique features specific to their brand, which will give readers cheaper options that might fit their needs/wants better. Two companies that I believe could pursue this path are Google and Microsoft, but also possibly an out of the blue small company that focuses solely on e-readers.


Audiobooks

Audiobooks will continue to grow and become more mainstream. Audiobook services will be easier to obtain for smaller authors, and audiobook narrators will be more sought after.

I think there will be more of a division between narrators though, with a small group of narrators being regularly sought after, and listeners will look for books by those specific narrators.

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Publishing

With the Black Lives Matter movement across the world, I expect to see better diversity in publishing. It’s not something that happens overnight, but I expect by 2025-7 we will see more equality between what peoples are being published. I expect there to be ups and downs, some being lower and higher based off of social upbringings, but for the most part we will see more equality.


Writing

I actually predict that writing will become less of a career path for many people. With the rise of technology and video games I think that young people won’t pursue writing as often since they won’t be reading as much.

What we will see a rise in is the number of non-white authors. I think as publishing better represents minorities, those minorities will see writing as a tangible career choice.


Adaptations

Already there are a lot of TV shows and movies that are based off of books and I think this will only continue to rise. The o only issue is that these companies too often re-make old content because they know it will make them money.

With more ideas coming from authors with a large variety of backgrounds, the entertainment industry will be forced to turn them into movies and TV shows.

I also think that books will start getting video game adaptations. I don’t see this becoming a regular habit until the late 2020s, but I think there is a lot of potential for really fun video-games that could become best-sellers if they are dated from books. Look at the Witcher Series for example.


Marketing

It’s tough to market books, there isn’t much you can do that would be new in my opinion. I think marketers will embrace certain styles of books, or books with certain voices and characters in them.


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Overall

I don’t see much of a change for the book world overall in the next 10 years except becoming more inclusive. We will see a change in stories and trends, but for the most part I don’t see things changing.

If I had to make one big guess, I would assume that the desire for YA content will be greater than ever. YA content is almost universally read so publishers will pursue it as a safe bet.


What are your predictions for the book world? Do you agree or disagree with any of my predictions? Let’s talk about it in the comments, and make sure to follow me on social media!
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Happy Canada Day

This isn’t a very bookish related post, and it will be rather short.

July 1, 2020 is the 153rd anniversary of Canada’s founding as a country.

For some this is good news, for others it is a sign of pain and suffering that has been lasting generations.

I am not an expert on the subject by any means, and quite a few people would have choice words with what I’m about to say I’m sure, but I am proud to be Canadian.

No person, family, city, state, or country, there will always be things that can be improved on. I recognize that Canada has made many mistakes in the past, and I am sure we will make many more.

At the end of the day, it is a nation that has brought hope and happiness to hundreds of thousands of people across the world.

It might not be a perfect nation, it owes a lot to the Indigenous peoples that were here before, but it does do good in the world.

Every day I work to become a better, more understanding, more knowledgable individual. It doesn’t happen overnight, but if everyone tries to see the world in a different way, we can all create a better society.

Short Update on My Life

Hello dear readers, today’s post will be short, I promise. I just wanted to give you a brief update on my life, since I think you are entitled to know what I am going through.

I have been lucky enough to have a new job that I just started this week. I know a lot of people are out of work right now, and many more are strapped for cash, but I have been lucky enough to be hired into a position with a really awesome non-profit where I live.

I have been working from home and will likely be doing that until September. It’s a bit odd getting used to that still, but I have figured out a good routine that keeps my mind spaces separate.

With a new job comes a lot of learning and a lot less time to myself. I have been trying my best to better my skills and focus on my work, and I plan to keep doing that for my job. This however will likely leave me with less time on social media through the day.


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I will try to engage with people in the morning before work and during my breaks, but otherwise the amount of social media time I will have will be drastically reduced. I’ve been taking up at 6:00 a.m. every day in order to do some writing. It’s not much, but I’ve been getting about 400 words done a day.

I plan to keep the frequency of blog posts the same, since I usually write those the night before anyways.

Anyways, that’s all really. I am staying safe and healthy, and doing my best to support BLM movements that I can afford to. The biggest thing is to read and learn. Learn what you can do better, learn how you can help, learn others’ pain.

When we understand others, even just a tiny amount, we better ourselves as humans and as a society.

WWW Wednesday: April 28, 2020

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You all know the drill. Answer the three Ws and win a prize! Or so I’ve been told.

What did I finish recently?

It’s been a bit slow on the books lately, but I finished my elevator/walking the dog book this week. This was my first ever NetGalley book, so I will hopefully be posting a review in the next couple weeks!

The Jealousy of Jalice

What am I Currently Reading?

Currently I have two books and a manga ongoing, but I am less than 100 pages to go in Priory of the Orange Tree.

Tower of God Manhwa

Heir of Ashes

The Priory of the Orange Tree

What do I Plan on Reading Next?

Next in line I have a book tour for Harrow Lake, and a free kindle book I received called The Dragon Lady.

WWW Wednesday: April 28, 2020

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You all know the drill. Answer the three Ws and win a prize! Or so I’ve been told.

What did I finish recently?

It’s been a bit slow on the books lately, but I finished my elevator/walking the dog book this week. This was my first ever NetGalley book, so I will hopefully be posting a review in the next couple weeks!

The Jealousy of Jalice

What am I Currently Reading?

Currently I have two books and a manga ongoing, but I am less than 100 pages to go in Priory of the Orange Tree.

Tower of God Manhwa

Heir of Ashes

The Priory of the Orange Tree

What do I Plan on Reading Next?

Next in line I have a book tour for Harrow Lake, and a free kindle book I received called The Dragon Lady.

Bookish Habits that I am Guilty of

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Hello dear readers, I come to you with another Top 5 Tuesday list, this time all about some bookish habits that I have. Top 5 Tuesdays are hosted over at Bionic Book Worm, and you definitely need to check out her blog if you love books.

Some habits are probably things that a lot of book readers do, and some might be more specific to me.

Bringing my Book EVERYWHERE

Almost everywhere I go, I have a book with me. Whether it’s to work, hanging out with friends, or even waiting on the elevator on the way to take my dog for a walk I have a book with me. Short bursts of reading actually gets a lot done if you do it often enough.


Multiple Books on the go

I have gotten much better at this in the last few years, but I tend to have two or three books and a manga or two going on at the same time. Usually they’re of different genres, but I usually jump back and forth now and then to keep things interesting.


Bad Book Buying Habits

I think all book lovers can appreciate this one, but if you leave me alone in a book store, I ALWAYS come out with a book or two. I’ve actually had my girlfriend drag me out of the store to prevent me from buying something.


Progress Bookmarks

I like to see the progress that I make when I am reading, so I like to have two bookmarks in my books. The first is where I started at the beginning of the day, or week and the second is where I am currently. It’s nice seeing big chunks of the book being finished a time.


Spoiler Free

You can’t spoil a book for me more than I do myself. As soon as I am hooked, I am searching on the internet for what comes next, what happens to the characters in the end, who gets what sort of magical powers. That doesn’t ruin the story for me either, because it is the adventure that we go on that I really enjoy.


What are some of your bookish habits? I know we probably share one or two, but I want to hear about what weird things you might do when it comes to books.
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WWW Wednesday: Jan. 29 2020

Hello my dear readers, welcome back to another WWW Wednesday.

This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and is now hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words.

It consists of answering these three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I Currently Reading:

I currently have 2 books on the go, and 4 manga series, so I am quite busy with my reading. I have IT by Stephen King that I am slowwwwwwwly working through and Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan that I am focusing most of my attention on.

In terms of manga I have Seven Deadly Sins, Made in Abyss, One Piece, and one I started this morning; Pygmalion.

What Have I Recently Finished?

I just finished an audio book version of Bullets, Teeth, & Fists 3, which I reviewed.

What Will I Reading Next?

After I finish Winter’s Heart, I’ll move over to something short and easy to read; The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek. It’ll be a nice quick read so I can get back to The Wheel of Time.

What are you currently reading, and what do you plan on reading next? Let’s talk about that.
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