Monday, April 26, 2010

Once More About The iPad, Kindle, and Publishing

The New Yorker has a long piece on the subject by Ken Auletta. It's thorough. Like I said - long. But it's a great overview of the whole situation. It's got some startleling bits of info, like this, for example:

"A close associate of Bezos puts it more starkly: "What Amazon really wanted to do was make the price of e-books so low that people would no longer buy hardcover books. Then the next shoe to drop would be to cut publishers out and go right to authors."

Yikes. These guys really do think big. The league could learn a thing or two.

Anyway, if you're interested, HERE's the link.

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Anonymous D said...

Agreed - long article but quite fascinating. It'll be at the very least quite interesting to watch how the situation precipitates out of the current murk. As for your comment on the league taking notes from Amazon, I feel instead they both need to hire some new tarot card readers. Unlike some other industries, I'm fairly sure that traditional publishers are going to grow more important as ebooks become prevalent. In addition to editing etc, traditional publishers are going to be needed to separate quality authors out of a confusing mess of self published "authors."

8:34 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

True enough. With five novels behind me, I can't imagine going through the process without the guidance and input and hard work of publishing professionals. I'd not want to see them go.

5:54 PM  

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