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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:43 pm 
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Hey, anybody see this recent article?

Cited: Publishing exists in a continual state of forecasting its own demise; at one major house, there is a running joke that the second book published on the Gutenberg press was about the death of the publishing business. And publishers’ concerns about Amazon are reminiscent of their worries about Barnes & Noble, which in the eighties began producing its own books, causing publishers a great deal of anxiety without much affecting their business. Unlike Barnes & Noble, though, Amazon generates more than half of its revenues—which total about twenty-five billion dollars a year—from products other than books. Many publishers believe that Amazon looks upon books as just another commodity to sell as cheaply as possible, and that it sees publishers as dispensable. “Don’t forget,” the chief of a publishing house said, “Bezos has declared that the physical book and bookstores are dead."

Full Article/Linkage: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010 ... ntPage=all

On a side note, I sometimes wonder if, as time goes on, the eBook will become the more expensive commodity and the "print book" the more limited but cheaper end model. :(

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Yeah, I think all this doom and gloom stuff comes around and goes around and usually amounts to nothing.

I love it when television came out, they were forecasting the end of the cinema. Of course, it didn't happen.


But no, I don't think that the paperback will be the cheaper end model. If paper becomes passe, then it will remain expensive to use. But that's just my opinion.

It will be interesting to see how things pan out once the industry fully gets to grips with electric printing and e-books.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:39 pm 
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Lawrence Dagstine wrote:
On a side note, I sometimes wonder if, as time goes on, the eBook will become the more expensive commodity and the "print book" the more limited but cheaper end model. :(

Unlikely, as print production relies on economies of scale, whereas ebook production has unit costs. For example, a print run of 2,000 books will have much higher per-unit costs than a print run of 100,000 books. I guess the same would apply to distribution - the more books you're transporting, the lower the unit-cost.

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