Listen to an interview with an executive of a well-known publishing house, where he discusses the impact of bookshop closures on the publishing business.
Before you listen, think about what your answers to these questions would be, off the top of your head:
- Do publishers rely heavily on physical shops for their book sales, or is the online market more substantial?
- What book genres are selling well at the moment?
- Are new books scheduled to be launched in the near future?
- Is there going to be a new crop of writers emerging from lockdown?
[Your predictions may not be right. However, they can help you spot the right information when it comes up during the interview- you may become more alert to specific data or key words if you are waiting for them to appear to check whether your prediction was right or wrong].
Now, listen to the interview. Take notes to answer the questions above. You can listen to the extract twice.
You can read the transcript here