One of the most consistently thought provoking and informative blogs on the web is The Lone Gunman. Some of you no doubt follow it after Jason Kottke gave it a plug a few months back. For those who haven't taken the time to check it out, now would be a great time to start, as Andrew Simone is doing a series of guest posts on the state of the publishing industry, its past, present and possible futures. He's already linked to Daniel Menaker's excellent essay on what life as an editor at a corporate publishing house is like now, as well as Loudpoet's interview with Richard Nash about Nash's new social publishing start-up Cursor.
Simone makes it clear that he's not a professional in the sense that he hasn't worked in publishing before, but it's clear from his first two posts that he has the general lay of the land. This should be a great series to follow, especially for those interested in the kind of conversation we've had around here these past few days.