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Time will create authorial greatness in the e-book era
February 24, 2013 | 12:54 pm

e-booksLove or hate e-books, so many people at least have an opinion on the topic. Rich Adin at the blog An American Editor writes, "Are eBooks the Death Knell of Authorial Greatness?" Adin is an e-book reader, but he seems worried that authors may never be considered great again because of the physical absence of books. "Part of the problem, I think, is that recalling my library books involves a visual scan of its shelves, something that is easy to do with shelves of hardcover books staring at me and difficult to do with e-books because that casual eyescan is not as readily accomplished. This...

Morning Roundup: Links to start your day
September 10, 2012 | 9:24 am

Open-access research 'catastrophic' for Reed Elsevier [Paid Content] Government plans to make publicly-funded research available for free online will be great for citizens but terrible news for journal publishers. One could lose up to 60 percent of its profits, an analyst warns. Are Free eBooks Killing the Market? [Rich Adin] The problem is free ebooks. As a consumer, I like free. However, free has so radically altered my book-buying habits—and I suspect the book-buying habits of many readers—that I find it difficult to see a rosy future for publishers, whether traditional or self-publishers. Toys R Us to Launch Their Own Kid-Friendly Tablet [Good E-Reader] Toys R Us found...

The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet
April 9, 2012 | 9:20 am

Images For the past few months, Barnes & Noble has been offering deals on their Nooks if you purchased a 1-year digital subscription to the New York Times. I have been a long-time subscriber to the print version of the Times, but have been unhappy at the regular price increases for the print subscription. Alas, as unhappy as I proclaim myself to be over the price increases, my unhappiness was not enough to get me to cancel the subscription. The Nook deal looked good to me. The digital version of the Times costs $20 per month; the regular print subscription was costing...

Amazon vs. Big Publishing: 800 lbs vs. 798 lbs.
February 8, 2012 | 9:31 am

Images Last week’s issue of Bloomberg’s Businessweek included an article titled Amazon’s Hitman. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is enlightening. The gist of the article is that Amazon is gearing up to challenge the publishing world on its own turf: the signing of and creation of big-name authors who sell hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of books. And this assault worries the Big 6 publishers — Hachette, Macmillan, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Random House, and Harper-Collins – with good reason: Amazon has more market value and disposable cash than they do combined. The article discusses the history of the relationship between...

Ebooks as commodities? Redux
January 11, 2012 | 9:35 am

Images Followers of An American Editor read the previous post, eBooks: Has Amazon Turned eBooks into Commodities?, and probably groaned at my sacrilegious point of view while frantically shaking their heads “no, neither ebooks nor books are commodities.” The argument regarding the commoditization of books is an “old” one for me. A few years ago, Jack Lyon and I made presentations at a Communication Central conference in Rochester, NY and drove to Poughkeepsie, NY together — a 4.5-hour drive. On that drive, this was one of the weighty matters we discussed. Jack was adamant that books are not commodities I used to think the same, but...

eBook Exclusivity — A Good or Bad Idea?
December 14, 2011 | 9:24 am

The answer really is “it depends.” It depends on who you are and where you are in the ebook world. Recently, Amazon started a program for its Prime members: they can borrow 1 ebook for free each month, choosing from a list of more than 30,000 titles (and the list is growing). The source of these ebooks appears to be the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) program. Amazon is encouraging self-publishing authors to participate in KDP. KDP will “lend” books in its program to Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, which is part of the Prime membership. Amazon hasn’t ignored compensation, either. It has set...

On Books: The Shine of the Internet in the World of eBooks
November 23, 2011 | 9:56 am

Images As all of An American Editor book reviews (which are listed at the end of this article) imply, the Internet has opened reading vistas for me that otherwise would never have happened. I find that as a result of the Internet and places like Smashwords, I am being exposed to authors and stories that would not otherwise have been available to me. This has been the blessing of the Internet for readers, especially with the advent of ebooks. The dark side remains the lack of gatekeeping and how finding worthwhile books to read is increasingly difficult. The easier it is for “authors” to...

How do you do it? Amazon vs. publishers (I)
October 24, 2011 | 9:29 am

I have been following the story regarding Amazon’s foray into publishing. It reminded me of an old (early 1960s) hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers called How Do You Do It? So let’s set the question with Gerry and the Pacemakers. As the song asks and says, “If I only knew, I’d do it to you.” And that is the crux of the matter in the latest nose thumbing by Amazon. If publishers cannot figure out what is happening, cannot see the upheaval that is coming, then perhaps they should fold their tents and slither away in the night. The truth is that...

Clashing perspectives: coming home to roost
August 30, 2011 | 8:18 am

Index Ewan Morrison wrote about the future of publishing from the publisher’s and author’s perspectives. I somewhat share his bleak, perhaps apocalyptic, outlook for the future of the publishing industry (see “Are Books Dead, and Can Authors Survive?“; for “outsider’s” perspective, see Tony Cole’s discussion of Morrison’s article, ”Can Authors Survive in the Age of eReaders and eBooks?“). The mistake being made in publishing is, I think, one of clashing perspectives. People in the industry look at a book, regardless of its form, as simultaneously a commodity and something unique. The mistake is that it has to be one...

The business of books & publishing: changing the pattern
June 20, 2011 | 9:26 am

Download We see a lot of new ebooks being released that are riddled with editorial and formatting problems. From the publisher’s side, the problem is that to proofread ebooks after conversion, especially after OCR (scanning) conversion, is expensive — contrary to what the naysayers believe, it is not a job for a high school graduate who thinks Twittering is the be-all and end-all of language literacy, but a job for a skilled professional — especially when it cannot be known with certainty how many ebook sales will be made. Perhaps the time has come to rethink how and what gets published. I don’t mean...

Smashwords: will it ever get better filtering?
May 24, 2011 | 4:53 pm

Smashwords has been one of my favorite places to shop for ebooks, but its filtering system is too limited (see, e.g., Smashwords: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Finding an eBook to Buy, and Finding the Needle in a Haystack of Needles (II): eBooksellers), which means it is losing a lot of sales to me. I keep hoping Smashwords will devote a few hours to improving the consumer’s experience, but it doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon. The consequence is that I have been spending decreasing amounts of time searching for new reads at Smashwords. I used to check Smashwords every...

The buying conundrum: pbook or ebook?
May 16, 2011 | 9:05 am

Images In a recent post on the Teleread blog, Joanna, a contributor to Teleread, vented about being tired of pbooker’s “economic snobbery.” She wrote, If you read any ‘ebooks versus print books’ article, you’ll soon come across the print fetishists. These are people who acknowledge the rise of ebooks—grudgingly—but then insist that ‘real’ book lovers surely prefer paper, or that paper is ‘nicer’ or a ‘better experience’ or in some way superior. I am starting to get really annoyed with these people! Overlooking the obvious ‘print and pixel really can co-exist and there is no need for an either/or mentality’ argument, I am...