In short, this means that publishing a book is less about sales and much more about creating a brand. The real customers of books are no longer just readers but now include speaking agents, CEOs, investors, and startups.
Booksellers are justifiably angry that they can (and do) buy much of their stock more cheaply from supermarkets or Amazon than from wholesalers or publishers.
Some do? I did not know this…
The power to remove a book from a device, to remove all traces of it from retailers’ websites, to expunge it from a publisher’s online record: It would simplify the work of a would-be Soviet Union or Oceania multifold, would it not? It’s ugly. For all kinds of reasons.
If a publisher did delete books from consumers’ digital collections, there would be a backlash like no other. Don’t see this as a legitimate concern.
Perhaps not surprisingly, kids appear more receptive to ebooks in general, but just over half of those surveyed still favor paper; more than 70 percent of adults sided with traditional books, meanwhile.
Some might read this as print’s persistence. But we’re just a few years into the digital revolution for books and already almost half of kids prefer digital…and I think that number is soft.