Digital may not save book publishers, but…

For many industries, digital technology is both destroyer and savior. Take the newspaper and music industries, for instance. The internet is frequently blamed for their demise, yet new technologies are also expected by many to help save them.

When it comes to how digital is killing and saving established industries, book publishing may not grab the most headlines, but it is arguably one of the most affected.

Microsoft outsources blogs to

Microsoft has largely been absent during the rise of self-publishing
and social media. But that doesn’t mean that it hasn’t tried to
compete. In 2004, it launched its own self-publishing/social networking
platform, MSN Spaces. Today, that platform is known as Windows Live
Spaces. Or, more appropriately, is not known as Windows Live Spaces.

That, of course, is because Windows Live Spaces is hardly a prominent
platform in a world dominated by more successful publishing and social
networking platforms.