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The near-future tense

Predicting what Canadian publishing will look like in 50 years – let alone six months from now – proves a challenging task

Editor’s Note

I RECENTLY PARTICIPATED in a podcast interview with Zalina Alvi of BookNet Canada, who asked insightful questions about the current state of the books industry. She closed with a challenging question: What do I think publishing in Canada will look like in 50 years?

I’m not even sure how I answered – probably something about the unpredictability of the world. In hindsight though, I’d say if we look ahead at the next year, publishing is in a holding pattern, waiting for the resolution of two key pieces of legislation that will could ultimately affect the next half century.

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