The acquisitions editor for my upcoming books at one of the premier university presses, with a major and prestigious sociology list, reports that he’s not coming to ASA, for the first time in who knows how long:
I am afraid we will not be attending the ASA this August. This will be the first time in at least 30 years. The financial crisis has damaged the book market severely. We had to let 7 good people go, and we are cutting costs across the board. I hope of course that we will attend next year in Atlanta.
My co-author on the books writes:
That [the press in question] will not be attending ASA is just astounding, and astoundingly bad. We may get these books published just under the wire, before the final death of books. I must be the only one who still buys books (literally thousands of dollars a year on Amazon).
While I don’t spend thousands a year, and I try to patronize local bookstores when I can, the sentiment holds here too: I buy tons of books a year too. Is this cyclical? Transformative? Realignment? Comments?