Why do you want to know that F+W Media filed bankruptcy?
Because F+W MediaPublishing is
- one of the largest that focuses on Making Things
- what will become a major source for Making Things?
- how much more difficult it will become to learn and/or discover things to Make Things?
- what will happen to all their content, including WetCanvas.com?
Below is from a blog that I follow called Making A Mark:
Excerpt from article:
I'm not surprised by the fact of the bankruptcy - except by the length of time they have managed to last....
It pains me to say this but I saw this coming a very long time ago when I realised that the owners failed to grasp the reality of the move of commerce to online and what the requirements are of a new type of business model. They seemed to have a vision of ecommerce which was was corporate and conglomerate and failed to realise how nimbler smaller operations would move faster to satisfy demand from its consumers.
To my mind, it was a lumbering giant in an ecommerce world full of micro-entrepreneurs.
My perspective is from someone who loves holding a real published book in my hands. I love to browse hardcopy books. My studio hardcopy library is full of books published by F+W Media. I love going to my shelves and browsing these books.
I also have little patience when I want to learn something. I have a love-hate relationship with the internet. I completely agree with Making a Mark that F+W Media is being mismanaged...but giants are wonderful because they can be easily found and "reduced" to what you want. All those micro-entrepreneurs, I recognize that I am one, too. We get lost in masses, us micro-entrepreneurs. It's just not that easy to get content when you want it from a huge crowd of stuff - and decide if that content is even usable!
I'll be watching what happens with F+W Media, closely.
You can read the entire article by Making a Mark, published (ironically on mi Papa's 102nd birthday 3/14/19 if he were here) here: https://makingamark.blogspot.com/2019/03/owner-of-artist-network-wet-canvas.html