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Old 05-01-2012, 07:53 AM   #1
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I think that sooner or later fans of ebooks will see the emergece of ebooks that are published in electronic formats only. At this point I have not seen nor have I heard of any books being puclished in electronic format only. When do you think a significant number of books published in one year will be published in electronic formats only?
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Old 05-01-2012, 07:56 AM   #2
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When you say "Published" you mean by the big publishers?
As I assume there's loads of authors on Amazon etc who only have ebook version of their work.
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Anyone small, big or otherwise. Like you I assume there has been a few at amazon that have published in electronic format only however I have not heard of nor have I seen anyone to publish electronically only.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:31 AM   #4
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Stephen Kings "Riding the Bullet" was the first
mass eBook and it was in electronic form only.

That was 10+ years ago
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:58 AM   #5
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Gee I did not know that and from such a well known author as well. Would you say that a significant number of books published have been in electronic only? Since only one major author has ventured into this area I would not say that the number of authors is significant as yet.
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Old 05-01-2012, 08:59 AM   #6
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Wasn't Amanda Hocking only in ebooks for years? Now she has a contract with a big publisher, but she became successful through self-pubbed ebooks.

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:00 AM   #7
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Gee did not know this eaither.
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Old 05-01-2012, 09:29 AM   #8
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Yeah, I think Stephen King did that as a fun experiment when the tech was relatively new (and he is so prolific that he can afford to throw one in the wind and see what happens....). I doubt that many established authors have done this or would do this in the future. But for new authors, obviously there is a lower barrier to entry with publishing ebooks, than there is for printed books. So there are LOTS. Tons. Just look in the Deals and Freebies forum. And also the Authors Self Promotion forum. The question then becomes, how to distinguish your ebooks from the pack, and build up buzz and make it successful? Amanda Hocking and a handful of others (oh yeah, 50 Shades of Gray!!!) have been able to do it.

As for big-name authors (besides Stephen King) publishing ebook-only titles, I am not sure why they would want to do that?

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Old 05-01-2012, 09:39 AM   #9
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It is already pretty well established in the romance genre to an extent. Digital First publishes electronically and then chooses successful novels for print runs. Harlequin did it a long time ago with Carina Press, which by the way is DRM free and very reasonably priced. Harper Collins has the Avon Impulse. The others of the Big Six, either have a digital first program established or they have announced plans for one.

I'm not a big Science Fiction reader but I believe they also have programs such as this.
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #10
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BAEN has quite a few digital-only titles.
They also did an ebook format magazine.
They regularly do a form of Digital-first, eARCs (electronic Advanced Reader Copies) that lets readers buy a copy before it goes to printing.
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Isn't John Locke only in eBooks?
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Old 05-02-2012, 06:58 AM   #12
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Talking Herrummph......

Nah, you're thinking of the other chap - Plato wasn't it ?

Or am I confusing him with Descartes ....
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This John Locke.
Related to neither Plato nor Descartes, as far as I know.
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Kuma, I'll help you out:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke

But when I see John Locke, I think of this one:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Locke_%28Lost%29

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I already figured that carpetmojo was thinking about the philosopher not the writer of bestsellers.
I have bought a few, but haven't gotten around to reading them yet.
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