The last I heard from Bert Herman was that he had found a buyer for ASP Wholesale. So now on Queertype I found out that the sale is in fact about to go through. Bert will probably tell everybody once the sale is final, or so I assume. He’s not one to keep people in the dark. With the changing landscape of publishing, especially book distribution, it seems as if the small distributors will probably do well.
I know that Seventh Window has seen a rapid decline in print sales due to the growing popularity of eBooks. POD printing is also seeing an increase. The printer Seventh Window uses (McNaughton & Gunn) has moved into eBook design while keeping their printing operation. An all-in-one printer only makes sense in the digital age.
It seems as if publishing is still feeling some tremors from the digital age, but soon things will start to settle. I’m curious to see how book distributors change their business model in order to survive the final shift in book sales. Any predictions for 2011?