|05-26-2010, 08:25 AM||#1|
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: New Hampshire
Device: iPad Air, PaperWhite 2, 7" Fire
Coming to the end of an era in publishing
Interesting article in the Chicago Tribune:
|05-26-2010, 09:59 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Eugene, Oregon
I don't think traditional book publishing is going away. E-books still only have 8% of the market. Everything is changing, and hardback books will take the biggest hit and eventually be found mostly in libraries and classrooms. Mass market paperbacks are in trouble too with declining sales. But digitally published trade paper fiction will be around for a while.
I just found this quote from a presenter at BEA: "One of the big six publishers told me that in five years 60% of all business will be e-books."—Esther Newberg, executive v-p, International Creative Management.
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|05-26-2010, 10:44 AM||#3|
Join Date: Apr 2010
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I don't think that necessarily means the end of publishers and publishing houses: if anything the need for a filter, for help to find quality content in this sea of mediocrity will increase.
|05-26-2010, 10:54 AM||#4|
Join Date: May 2008
Device: Nook STR, iPad
I have no doubt that books will follow the photograph dynamic. Most will be digital and only those beloved few will then be printed.
|05-26-2010, 11:46 AM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Yorkshire, tha noz
Device: 2nd hand paperback
The hardback/collector market will always exist in paper. I think the future of ebooks will be as a replacement for second hand paperbacks, with the mass market being people who don't keep them after they have read them. But before that happens the publishers will need to price them at the second hand paperback level. Those sort of people just won't pay hardback prices for disposable reading material.
|05-26-2010, 02:39 PM||#6|
Join Date: Oct 2008
Device: Toshiba Thrive, Kobo Touch, Kindle 1, Aluratek Libre, T-Mobile Comet
It'll be a while before ebooks reach the price level of used MMPBs. I mean, I can get them for a approximately a dollar at my local used book store. And I also live near Daedalus books, where I can get new hardbacks for well under ten dollars and new paper backs for under four dollars.
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