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Book Business Changing Rapidly

CNN reports that Barnes & Noble executive Marc Parrish said that eBooks are changing the publishing and retail book business faster than many anticpated. From the article:

” If Parrish’s predictions are right and ebooks become the dominant book medium by March 2013, the question changes from who will come out on top, but who will get left behind in the newest race of technological relevancy. “

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eBook Economics

Major Publishing Houses to independent authors are experiencing a dynamic shift in the publishing economy due to eBooks. Articles and analysis from:

The Next Web ” The ebook also allows authors to skip over other hurdles, including the very cold reality that most offline retailers won’t stock a self-published book on their shelves. Though online retailers like the Kindle and Nook stores can still give preferential treatment for major publishers, they’re able to provide a wide swath of inventory from the long tail. “

The Province ” For the better part of a decade, many people have been predicting the end of traditional publishing and the rise of the ebook. That moment appears to have finally arrived, thanks to the popularity of the Kindle and other ereaders, as well as the iPad. “

The Huffington Post ” Do authors still need publishers in this new world order? I think it all goes back to my first question. To survive and thrive, publishers big and small must do for authors what authors cannot or will not do for themselves. ”

Newbie’s Guide to Publishing ” These days, signing with a publisher, who will give you an advance in return for the majority of all your royalties, forever, isn’t lucky at all. It’s like signing a balloon loan, where the payments get bigger every year. Or a life insurance policy, where you keep paying more annually for fewer benefits.

Nathan Bransford ” Publishers can explain their costs and how e-books don’t save them much money until they’re blue in the face, but on a gut level many people simply don’t believe an e-book should cost $12.99. It feels too expensive. A lot of people will simply not buy one or even go and pirate a copy because they feel like they’re being ripped off. “

Divine Caroline ” How long will it be before writers go directly into the route of independent publishing and sidestep the traditional publishers altogether? Before you tell me that will never happen, let me ask you how many twenty-somethings have a land line in their home? When you ask them if they have a land line, their answer is liable to be, “What for?” This just might be the same question many young writers begin to ask when considering the often discouraging, and always time-consuming route of submitting manuscripts to traditional publishing houses. “What for?”

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Digital Book World 2011

The following are articles and information related to the Digital Book World conference recently held in New York City.

Publishers Weekly “ Russ Grandinetti, Amazon.com v-p of Kindle Content, offered a series of observations about the impact of digitizing on print and e-books sales. He noted that the Kindle is being sold in more than 100 countries and Kindle consumers buy 3 times as many books as their print consumers, emphasizing that “digital is coming faster than you think.”

Los Angeles Times  ” The huge jump in e-book sales has been driven by the increasing popularity — and decreasing price — of e-readers. About 10.5 million people now own a dedicated e-reader such as Amazon’s Kindle or Barnes & Noble’s Nook. Apple’s iPad has been followed by a plethora of multimedia tablets. And e-books can be read on them all. ”

MediaBistro ” Finally, during a morning statistical session, a Verso and Digital Book World study revealed a promising statistic about the future of independent bookstores: nearly 81 percent of eReader owners would ‘likely’ buy eBooks online from indie bookstores.  “

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In the Trenches

Local bookstores have had a tough battle against the major bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble (not to mention Amazon). Can the independent bookstores somehow leverage the eBook revolution and regain marketshare to survive or will they be one of the many casualties of the sweeping changes that transform the industry? Articles and analysis from:

TwinCities.com ” There have been ways for independent bookstores to sell e-books for several years, but American Booksellers Association’s announcement late last year that member stores could hook up with the ABA server to sell Google eBooks online got national attention. ”

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