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Digital Publishing in 2013 — Meet the New Seven Sisters
Posted By Aggregated Content On January 2, 2013 @ 12:56 pm In ebook,publishing | 1 Comment
There seemed to be a sigh of relief the last few months of 2012 as the trade publishing establishment trumpeted the slowing growth of e-book sales. It may indeed be slowing, but the pain of adjusting to new economies of scale, changing consumer habits, technology adoption and lack of business model options are even bigger threats to the independence of large traditional publishers.
The digital revolution has had an undeniable impact on how businesses operate. Costly technology and complex analog media production (music, publishing, film) are no longer the purview of large organizations. With lower technology costs and easy access to Internet-hosted markets, self-publishers can compete effectively with large companies. Computers have given way to smartphones, and cloud-based tools allow anyone to produce and distribute media. No more silos.
The Seven Sisters—Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, Google, Kobo, Samsung and Sony—will deepen their control through their own eco-systems at the expense and frustration of publishers. How is this possible?
Each of the Seven Sisters produce hardware that is tightly coupled with digital media marketplaces—an eco-system.
Why is this powerful? For three reasons:
As we head into the New Year, it’ll be interesting to see how each company evolves its position and how publishers will respond. Here are my questions for each of the Seven Sisters:
Do you have other questions? Am I leaving out any “sisters”?
Image: The Pleiades (1885) by Elihu Vedder 
Editor’s note: This article originally appeared on the SellBox  blog.
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