Corporates and agents fail to match indies’ enthusiasm for subscription services

Corporates and agents fail to match indies’ enthusiasm for subscription services

Publishing continues to be cautious about adopting digital and physical subscription models, with many unconvinced about the options on offer. Puffin’s move into picture book subscription boxes this month, sending out three curated titles for three to five-year-olds quarterly, was a rare foray by a big firm into a world some indies have been exploring for several years.

For agents, there is particular hostility towards the idea of dominant, Spotify-style e-book services and the seemingly inevitable squeeze on author and publisher earnings that would ensue should one rise to prominence. Liz...

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