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Will all music ever consider doing books again? The last Hip Hop Guide was in 2003. Paper (or even ebook) sometimes is better? Websites can be distracting? When trying to do research? N iono, just giving up on books forever seems a bit extreme. I'm sure all music could create special books which would be profitable in today's market? Ppl do still sell & buy books? Books still exist, u just might need to tweak the concept for the current markets ?
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Mrs blah

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Zac Johnson, Official Rep

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We do not have plans to publish more books at this time.

Sorry.
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Mrs blah

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But why tho :____0(
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The Triumph of the Thrill

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AllMusic should publish updates of their books once again. They're among the best in the market. Rolling Stone has gone the way of the Dodo bird in terms of quality and relevance in music information and criticism so AllMusic should all the more fill in the void in that part of the market. If their former publisher refuses to publish their books I'm sure there's another one who will.
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Yes there are definitely plenty of people happy to pay for books these days.. especially now that streaming has made music much cheaper.. people are spending more on merch now ..and if they marketed and promoted the books using modern methods such as Instagram, YouTube, apple music, bet ..or better than this, better brands like Tidal and NaS's new TV thing I heard he was doing. Or Sirius XM Shade 45. Think outside the box.. do concerts like redbull do as promo .. plus it differentiates you as more serious n deep n ish if u do books..everyone is online.. anyone can go online and publish opinions but expert ish is worth paying for ..
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The Triumph of the Thrill

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True.
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We appreciate the enthusiasm and I have to say I love the printed guides that were published over the years. They hold a well-thumbed place of honor on my bookshelf at home.

Unfortunately the market for printed media guides has declined over the past 20+ years and the All Music books have not been profitable. They take a huge amount of time and effort to select the content, proof the galleys and get published. It may seem like there is a need for them in the marketplace but from what we have found it is hard to sell books full of record reviews. We also do not have a marketing department that would be required to generate any kind of real interest in selling enough books to make it work.

It is incredibly convoluted, but the other basic fact is that we as AllMusic.com do not own the print/publishing rights to republish the reviews and biographies that used to appear in the old All Music Guides. We license the content from a company called TiVo to display on the website. If we also wanted to license the information to put into books, we would need to pay for an additional contract on top of the one we've already got in place.  More detail can be found here: https://tedium.co/2016/09/20/allmusic-database-historic-importance/

So while I would personally love to flip though a big paperback book that is an updated guide to music, there is no real way to make it work from a business perspective.

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Thanks for the clarification. Still hoping - nothing better than to have those thick tomes in one's hands again.