Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Obama Victory - first Impressions of Change?

Barack Obama's election as the next President of the United States of America, has prompted some reactions from the writing and publishing community. Will it affect publishing in ways beyond a general change in financial policy may impact the consumer market?

Potentially, it could change staffing rights in US bookshops and other retailers, if the Employee Free Choice legislation is passed, which Obama has supported. It would make joining a union easier for employees.

Michael Hyatt, President & CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, has made four commitments to Barack Obama, encouraging his blog readers to give Obama a fair chance.

Perhaps we will now see a book written by the First Lady, Michelle, as purported in the New York Observer in March this year, or a new wave of Obama-related titles?

At least Chicago booksellers, seemed caught up in the Obama whirlwind on election day, according to Publisher's Weekly. The Chicago 57th Street Books/Seminary Coop will lose at least two regular customers as a result of the election. Known to be the Obama's favourite bookstore, it is about half a mile from their Chicago home, but it is somewhat further from the White House.

According to The Telegraph, Jamie Byng, managing director of Canongate Publishing, who brought Obama's two books, The Audacity of Hope and Dreams From My Father to Britain last year, ordered an extra 120,000 copies of the books on hearing the presidential result. If you want to know more about it, there is a fine review of Dreams for my Father, over at Vulpes Libris.

And if you missed his full speech during the election night, you can read or view it here.

1 comment:

Mike French said...

Great topical reporting Jen !