"Small publishers are quicker to adapt to readers' interest": Jonathan Harris on the publishing industry

Oct 20, 2016, 09:34 AM

The world's biggest international publishing fair has just opened in Germany, the Frankfurt Book Fair. Over 7,000 trade exhibitors have decamped to the city, to show thousands of new titles in every possible genre. But despite of the relentless consolidation in the book world, the independent publishing industry is thriving, with an annual turnover topping a billion pounds. Jonathan Harris is President of the the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). He told me half the battle is that small publishers are more agile and better able to respond rapidly to readers interests: