I want to try to lay out a strategic approach to enhanced ebooks which I believe is more extensive than any general house has shown an inclination to pursue so far. I thought the clearest way to express this would be as a letter to an author which is, after all, how a strategic approach […]
Amazon’s competitive advantages: will they extend to an ebook world?
Will Amazon’s 70% or 75% or more market share of physical book sales online, plus the currently market-leading ebook reader, the Kindle, lead to a similar dominance of the ebook market as it grows? Despite the early lead of the Kindle, and the lock-ins provided by DRM, no interoperability, the largest selection of current titles, […]
TTS and audio “rights”
There are credible voices in the publishing world saying that the text-to-speech capability of Amazon’s new Kindle 2 constitutes a threat to the value of authors’ audio rights. The most extreme interpretation of the Authors Guild position is that protecting audio rights would extend to prohibiting parents from reading to their kids! But the most recent voice taking […]
Prices of ebooks and related matters
A great conversation broke out on the blog for Bob Miller’s new Harper imprint, HarperStudio I realized after I wrote a response that it summarized what might be useful thinking for publishers wrestling with the revenue potential of ebooks because it presents a frame, a way to think about it. Because it starts at the […]
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