Profile m.d. Andrew Franklin has dismissed self-publishing as irrelevant in a heated debate on the relevance of publishers at a discussion at the London Book Fair earlier this month.
Franklin said that while digital meant self-publishing was easy, it did not mean authors could replicate all of a publisher's work. "If you self-publish on the internet, you might as well not bother, you will be silent," he said. "Free is far too much to pay for the overwhelming majority of books self-published‚ you can't even give them away."
Franklin pointed to the health of the London Book Fair as evidence that publishing was still vital. Franklin added that so long as publishers provided a service that connected readers to authors, they would remain in business."The job of publishers is to persuade readers that they should part with money to read an author's work," he said.
Franklin also conceded that publishing was not in a "healthy state" and warned: "Some publishers will go bankrupt this year.