We can feel the boat speeding up. The water is rushing whiter, and flowing faster.  The banks are closing in and becoming steeper and steeper. It’s exhilarating, almost too exciting — but just around the next bend will be the good old placid river we all love to float down. Maybe.

We have come though a few weeks of changes.

1. The Economist’s April 14th issue includes two articles about our business, one on e-book publishing and the other a leader about the high cost of academic journals. They suggest that the publishers are involved in selling back to the taxpayer the results of research we’ve already paid for. Not a good issue to be raising just now!

2. The DoJ suit against Apple and the two unrepentant agency pricing publishers continues.

3. The PEW Research Centre’s Internet and American Life Project on e-books is getting wide coverage, suggesting deep changes in the activities of readers.

4. NPR’s On the Media broadcast this week was about our industry and the problems facing it.

5. Amazon is starting to eat more and more of our lunch. They just became the publishers of the James Bond books.

6. The pressure from Amazon only gets more intense: the more they sell of our books the bigger the discount they will want. Non-compliance may result in the disabling of the buy button for a publisher’s books.

7. The Google settlement — whatever is happening there?

I promise to try to do no more posts on the future of publishing. I want to stop beating this particular horse. In return, please, please, all think about what steps you can take to prepare for the inevitable and huge changes that are coming to a desk near yours.