|10-18-2005, 11:08 AM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2003
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Greedy publisher cashes in with e-books
According to Smart Bitches, Toronto-based Harlequin is offering book authors who agreed to be published in e-book format a lousy six percent in royalties. Harlequin is one of the biggest publishers of series romance and women's fiction and has recently announced the launch of its e-book program in partnership with Lightning Source, eReader.com and OverDrive.
[via Tobias S. Buckell]
|10-18-2005, 05:37 PM||#2|
Join Date: Jan 2005
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Today, an author needs a publisher to print and distribute his book. Tomorrow, the author simply uploads it to his eStore of choice, puts a chapter up on his web site (or blog) to promote it, and rakes in the purchases without the middleman.
|10-18-2005, 06:04 PM||#3|
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|10-19-2005, 03:26 PM||#4|
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In this context it makes the reluctance to embrace electronic distribution confusing, as it is far easier to turn electronic media into a pay-per-view scheme than traditional media.
Many years ago I read an interview in which a movie studio executive (and I can't remember where I read it, unfortunately) said that the dumbest thing the studio's ever did was allow people to own their content. This mentality pervades to this day.
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