Writing in Publishers Weekly, Brooke Warner, publisher of She Writes Press and SparkPress, talks about the problems that the publishing industry faces, and potential solutions:

…A real disruption of the industry would involve accountability, because we are wasteful beyond belief. Most publishers print far more books than we need because we feel we must. This fall, She Writes Press, along with hundreds (maybe thousands) of other publishers, will print and reprint to get ahead of shortages and anticipated supply chain problems. It’s the equivalent of toilet paper hoarding—these actions, encouraged by scarcity, will create more scarcity.

Ours is an industry that emerged in a world where there were plenty of resources and not a lot of authors. Now it’s reversed: we have almost more authors than readers, it seems, and not enough resources…