This weekend, bestselling author Neil Gaiman gave a keynote speech at the London Book Fair’s Digital Minds Conference that entertained the possibility of a world in which writers earn a chunk of their living by touring, the way recording artists do. In his address, which you can read more about on Publishers Weekly, Gaiman mused:
We can imagine a world in which novelists no longer make money from selling books, but clean up from charging for readings. Or, a world where your buy a physical book and that automatically gives you the e-books and audiobook. The truth is, whatever we make up is likely to be right.
Book lovers and author’s fans already pay to attend conferences and events where their favorite authors will be speaking. Would you pay concert ticket prices to attend a reading?