Thursday, January 22, 2009

Nibweb survey of children's non-fiction publishing

I am a member of Nibweb, the Network for Information Book Writers and Editors.

In 2009 Nibweb is undertaking a survey of children's non-fiction publishing - its problems, its opportunities, and its future.

2009 is clearly going to be a difficult year for publishing - Children's non-fiction included. There are however particular issues that go beyond the immediate effects of the credit crunch.
  • Does children's non-fiction have a future in the age of the internet?

  • Will children and parents continue to buy the books, and will libraries stock them or install more computers instead?

  • Is the internet a better medium in for this material in any case?

  • How can we ensure that this area of publishing remains profitable, so that both writers and publishers can make a decent return on their efforts and that issues such as contract conditions and in house editing can be improved?

  • How can we best promote the excellent work of children's non-fiction writers, editors and publishers?

If you would like to take part in this survey and add your thoughts and experiences of the publishing world, please visit the Nibweb website at: and click on the link for Survey 2009.


Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I'm inclined to think that interactive internet is a better medium for a lot of children's non fiction - I think it has the possibility of making it more interesting and accessible.

Anita Marion Loughrey said...

True. But, I still believe there is a place for non-fiction books too and being able to turn the pages.

This is why non-fiction books are becoming more and more interactive.