Originally Posted by Liviu_5
The cost of mass producing books while significant is less relevant to the e-book discussion as the current model of unsold returns that is damaging the business when sells through are low.
With high (80%+) sell through, print is ok as cost, but with low sell (60%-, and I heard now it's even 50%- for the "typical title") the business model is jut unsustainable
Good point. However from a publisher's point of view would selling an electronic version of a book at a discount instead of a printed version make this situation better or worse?
I think a lot of this stuff is still in the growing pains stage and we're liable to see a fair amount of change in the coming years either way.