I think it is going to take all year – if not longer – for this state of affairs to find some sort of mutually beneficial direction. I’m glad that publishers are taking stock of the issue in a positive manner. All too often big companies do one of two things:
* Thinking themselves too large or important to go out of business, they whine about the situation while doing nothing to halt their demise (or worse, pretend it isn’t happening)
* Use underhand tactics to limit or sabotage the new developments in the industry, leading to stagnation in which they have a monopoly but are still losing money
I think we are going to be talking about this for a long time.