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Old 01-01-2013, 04:46 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by Andrew H. View Post
Yeah, these Baen comparisons are really apples to oranges. First of all, no one really knows how well Baen is doing - there is no evidence that they are in any way more profitable than big publishers.

Second, Baen is tiny: they publish something like 80 new titles a year. Simon and Shuster publish 80,000 new titles a year. Things that work for a niche publisher in a specific genre just may not translate to larger publishers...or to other niche publishers who are not e-book pioneers.

All we really know about Baen is that what they're doing has not destroyed their profitability in the past. (Although now, of course, they are changing their model).
I would say that the original comparison, Baen and Tor are quite comparable. Tor is one of the Tom Doherty companies which is owned by Macmillan which is owned by Haltzbrinck. I would suggest that the reasons that so many publishers have been swallowed up will no longer be applicable and that we will see a lot more of the smaller publishers in the future.
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