Critical Linking: September 20th, 2012

 

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.

Barf.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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