Small Publishers Concerned About E-booksAdded: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
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A publishing panel has expressed its point of view, being wary and skeptical of the e-book mini-boom. The main concerns are that there are too many writers, and Amazon owns the market.
Despite the fact that e-publishing is obviously democratizing the writing and publishing process, it still brings a number of questions. For instance, it is unclear why the progress of the e-book is slower then the similar process of the mp3 becoming the most popular format for music.
One of the indie writers, Mark Cantrell, complained about losing control over his book. He said he didn’t want all of his content stored in the large corporate cloud, controlled by the multinational corporations. In fact, the authors simply don’t trust all of their works with big corporations.
The publishers agreed that there are a number of questions over who actually owns the information. The trouble with the Kindle is that you don’t actually own any of the material you download, and it can be taken away from the users at any moment. They pointed to a recent event in Germany, when a user was reading a book on his Kindle, which suddenly disappeared from the device. It later turned out that this happened because of copyright problems with the version. The problem is the same as with DRM – while the users are looking forward to feeling that they own the content they purchased, in reality they have to pay money for the content that can be used only as the publisher feels fit.
Meanwhile, the publishers add that the price point is another problem. If you purchase a Kindle or other e-book reader, then it will be cheaper to get content to it. However, the initial hurdle of spending around $150 for such privilege can put users off. They note that the Kindle is very useful in that line of work, as it frees you from the necessity to lug around the bags full of books. In addition, some of them are worried that the democracy of self publishing is actually diluting the reading gene pool. Indeed, users that are passionate and care about their content may be lost in a sea of mediocrity.
Indeed, one would argue that the trouble with the Kindle reader is that it seems like a very uninspiring perched between two bookends. Some of the readers believe that aesthetics are also a huge problem. Really, how will other commuters know that you are reading Dostoevsky without seeing a front cover?
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
|Amazon DOES NOT own the market, they own THERE ebook store. the Kindle supports many file formats Besides there Proprietary Kindle Format.|
With that said, embrace a paperless solution. it save them money, and if a book is bad and doesnt sell, its not a huge financial loss.
Its not like you cannot print a small number and do mainly digital copy's.
|posted by (2011-11-03 03:04:54)|
|How about stepping into the 21st century? Small publishers should be embracing faster and cheaper ways to publish content instead of belly-aching about the "good ol' days."|
|posted by (2011-11-03 06:38:40)|
|finally we can save trees now..!!|
|posted by (2011-11-03 11:24:09)|
|hum we save trees by using only ebooks love it . .|
|then they should emphasize their markets in places other than the US since everywhere else in the world they still use and love books.|
ebooks aren't saving trees, not when idiots still print them out, like at their offices using free company paper.
at least use recycled paper...
its their, not there
you mean amazon owns their ebook store...
unless you meant they own the ebook store over there...
this is another reason people should learn to read and write and schools should not stop teaching how to write and proper grammar... especially as bad as people write and always using the wrong words. i guess they don't teach synonyms, antonyms, and homonyms anymore.
their, there, they're.. two, to, and too.. our, hour, are.. we, we're, where, wear, pear, pare, pair.. hair, hare.. etc...
its a shame, but most of the americans i know have atrocious spelling. i don't know why, i can spell, and i went to school there.
ebooks are a fad, printed material will always be used and in need.
of course, ebooks will always be around now, but books and newspapers will too.
in europe, people like to read, and the newspapers have high readership.
advertisements pay for the paper, people get free newspapers, and the paper is recycled.
its a perfect solution...
and other than americans, most people do not want to sit at a computer and read a book. at least there are ebook readers, but they are still not a permanent solution to get rid of printed books. personally i would always want a printed book for reading or reference materials.
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