There’s no question that the publishing industry is going through a lot of changes. It’s the last industry to go digital, and as a result going through the fastest disruption. Watching the Game of Thrones is like watching a war between traditional publishing houses, startups, tech giants, indie publishers, and other players in the industry.
The Game of Thrones, an HBO Series based on the book series by George R.R. Martin, focuses on the mythical kingdom of Westeros. Westeros consists of 9 administrative regions ruled by the Iron Throne. The Kingdom of Westeros is constantly under threat from The Others, White Walkers, and Wildings who live beyond The Wall.
In the beginning of The Game of Thrones the old world order comes to an end. The king of the Iron Throne is killed and the well-loved leader, Ned Stark, is executed. Wars start and pretty soon several houses vy for kingship and their own fiefdoms. In an effort to win, there are struggles, alliances, and marriages between powerful families.
If the Game of Thrones characters were key players in the publishing industry, who would they be? There definitely are parallels between the crumbling kingdom of Westeros and the traditional publishing industry.
Traditional Publishers as King Baratheon
Apple as Daenerys Targaryen
Renley Baratheon as Barnes & Noble
Cersei Lannister as Amazon
Publishing startups as Jon Snow
Stannis Baratheon as Indie Publishing/Self-Publishers
May the best player win!