Pondering the Past and Future of Publishing in the U.K.
On August 3 my wife Carol and I went to England and Wales touring for almost a month and spending time with family and friends. Among many other publishing/literary type things that we did while in the UK, we saw two Shakespeare plays at The Globe Theater London and one at Stratford-upon-Avon, all terrific performances.
At the end of the trip we met up with many of my UK readers at a wonderful bar overlooking the Thames. It was a great event and we covered all things publishing. I am big on pursuing a global perspective, as that is the only way to understand our industry today. My thanks to Jez Walters of What's New in Publishing for putting together this UK event.
As many of you know, I am a history buff, my specialty being American history from 1607, the founding of Jamestown, to 1799, the death of George Washington. But I have to say, the history in the United Kingdom blew me away - all the still existing buildings, walls, roads, names, artifacts dating from before Roman times and including Viking, Roman, Celtic, Anglo Saxon and French remains right up to the present day.
Thoughts of publishing and communications throughout history were never far from my mind throughout our journey. I plan on writing an essay about the progress of communication through the ages, perhaps starting with pictographs and cuneiform, one of the earliest methods of writing messages, and as it turns out those were writing messages for the ages.
Bob Sacks (aka BoSacks) is a printing/publishing industry consultant and president of The Precision Media Group (BoSacks.com). He is also the co-founder of the research company Media-Ideas (Media-Ideas.net), and publisher and editor of a daily international e-newsletter, Heard on the Web. Sacks has held posts as director of manufacturing and distribution, senior sales manager (paper), chief of operations, pressman, circulator and almost every other job this industry has to offer.