Thursday, August 15, 2013

Old Thomas Nelson Warehouse to Close

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Over at The Tennessean, Getahn Ward has the story about HarperCollins' plan to sell the old Thomas Nelson warehouse and let go the 102 employees that work there.

One of my book publishing friends on Twitter commented that it was too bad Obama didn't choose to speak in this warehouse. Maybe could have saved some jobs.

That's unlikely, but it gets at the chagrin a lot of people feel about industry-wide changes. Amazon grows and everyone loves them while the rest of the publishing industry tries to figure out how not to shrink out of existence.

I still think the sale of Thomas Nelson to HarperCollins is a good thing. Thomas Nelson has ebook insights HarperCollins needs. It doesn't suck for Thomas Nelson authors to have HarperCollins marketing behind them. I think this is the right play.

Still, the loss of 102 jobs is a reminder that even good business deals aren't good for everyone.

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