Originally Posted by Andrew H.
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.