Will record studios and book publishers be able to survive as consumer creative tools and social media continue to make it even easier for artists and fans to connect directly?
Never mind about the books, I just re-read the question :)
I don't care much about record labels, but I think they make it easier for artists to get noticed, etc.
Books, I hope books are around for many decades to come. Ebooks are cool but nothing compares to the feel and smell of a real book.
I sure as hell hope so
Why should they? They're just pointless middle men at this point...
Recording studios will always be necessary; record labels, not so much.
A few may survive but aren't they already dying pretty fast?
everything has a price tag and quite simply the people will not pay.
They will adapt.
Kiani. Think apocalypse. Keep collecting them. They might survive. iPads probably wont.
I have always bought two copies of a book. One to keep and one to read. Now I don't have to buy two as the one to read can be on my e-reader. But I will ALWAYS buy a book in book form as there is something special about words on paper.
Text book BETTER in print!? I assume you've never seen a digital text book or even read an electronic book where you can make notations, instantly seek other references or definitions or search the book AND your own notes for specific terms, making reviewing the material much more accessible.
Not in their present state - they will have to move on to the next incarnation - they'll have to evolve to survive.
If for nothing else, cookbooks and textbooks are better in print. Media, they still need someone's studio, I'd just for startup...
Capitalists always find a way to be the middle man, tax the consumer, and exploit the producers.
And bands connecting with fans directly is so much better because they are real people who are sharing their lives with you. It makes the meaning behind their music so much more clear powerful if you can know a little about the band
Recording studios will stay around because every band wants good quality music but record labels are going to die. They make you play what people want to hear instead of letting you make your own music. Thats not how music should be.
A lot of good comments here. They need to adapt to survive as mentioned. Blockbuster has online media now but adapted too late. My favorite adaption story is Nokia: started off as a pulp and paper company!
Their business model must change drastically.
hopefully there will still be a demand for it. I don't feel like paying for music, and I'd rather hold a book than read it off a kindle.
survive? probably. to the extent they exist now? definitely not.
Don't really understand this question
Yes, but I don't think we can predict what form they will take. Publishers and producers are good at "polishing" a product to make it more appealing to the public. They're not going anywhere, anytime soon.
Yes! ...and it is a good thing.
with the book publishing industry.
I think that they will survive as long as they adapt. Blockbuster is practically gone (in fact, I had to explain what it even was to a younger sibling), but Redbox and Netflix etc. still exist. The movie rental industry does continue to exist, it has just changed, and I think the same will happen…
yes, but no in the same way as in the past. hard copy books will become a niche market at least. though I doubt the book isn't going anywhere just yet.
Poorly written question.
They won't survive as we know them.
While it's great that artists and consumers can connect directly, what many people forget is that record companies and book publishers act like filters. How could I possibly weed through all the trash that isn't worth being published.
The relationships marketing and mentoring are important services. Hopefully we will see more artists cuts on the side, if they are truly good.
I like the idea of free publishing of books online.
Worst written question
Time to cut the middle moochers anyway! Go direct!
In general, there's a distinct difference in quality.
With more thought, I think music labels will be around, but much smaller and many more of them, like the indie labels of today. Theoretically on-demand book printing technology might advance to the point of threatening ebooks. That would be cool.
They will no longer be gate keepers, so we will have more diversity.
I think books will stay and record ppl will go under
I think they will survive, but not as we know them today.
They'll adapt, or they'll go under
I think their life cycle is on the way down. people may want 'hard copies' of each but the numbers way, way smaller.
Although YouTube etc. is making them less necessary, somebody has to advertise, promote, etc. an artist.
Sadly, they will find a way. Their purpose is served, and they need to die, but they will find a way to live on
Awkwardly-phrased (compound) proposition.
Record companies survived vinyl, eight track, cassettes, CDs, and they'll survive e-media. A single's good but a well put together album is magic. Ebooks too. Ever tried to read one of the direct marketed "masterpieces" sold without benefit of a qualified editor? Torture.
Yes and 8th again
yes, it has worked well today
I think book publishers will still exist, but the services they provide will be substantially different. Once books are primarily online and on E-readers, publishers will act more exclusively as editors and endorsers of works.
Record studios no, book publishers for longer
for a while, but not sure how long...