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Old 11-08-2006, 02:48 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by slayda
Please note that many books never come out as hardcover and the authors apparently still make a living. Only the better selling authors usually come out in hardcover first.
True, but the basic idea still stands. If book premiers in paperback, the ebook still comes out some months later, at a substantial discount.

And this works for existing books as well. With nearly zero merginal cost for additional shelf space, and very low marginal cost for delivery, the existing catalog of out of print books should be a nice treasure. Of course, the inital digitization is still a substantial cost in many cases, depending on what format they have retained the books in.

The editor (or was it the publisher?) of Wired magazine was on NPR a few weeks ago talking about how the music industry has found people buying a much wider variety of music, and a lot of old and obscure titles, now that the variety is actually presented to them as an option. As opposed to the old model in which only a select few 'hits' actually made it to the shelves of Walmart, Tower, et cetera, and only certain specialty shops carried the obscure titles.

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