THE GREAT E-BOOK BATTLE
When I first became an avid Internet user, E-books looked like they just
might be the greatest thing since the mute button. As a writer, it was
exciting and I quickly found a site that would take my E-book and offer
it to hungry readers. As E-books go it did very well, landing on the
Mightywords.com bestseller list and staying there for close to three weeks.
Nearly a year has passed since then and sadly, the E-book market has steadily
declined. Mightywords found fiction unprofitable and decided not to carry
it, so I moved my novel to e-books-for-sale. But sales have been bleak
at best. Usually priced cheaper than paperbacks, fiction E-books have
failed to attract readers. Their excuses vary, but most readers admit
they would rather curl up with a good book than a good computer.
So why are traditional publishers half killing themselves to get their
hands on E-book rights?
The answer lies in yet another invention arriving in the not too far off
"Books in Minutes!"
Not unlike Print on Demand systems, these machines will appear in the
corner drug store or grocery, allow the reader to make a selection, download
the appropriate E-book, print, cut, and bind while you wait. In less than
10 minutes, it will produce a paperback novel the reader can curl up with,
complete with the store's barcode ready for checkout. And while you wait,
the store hopes you'll buy even more products. But to do this, the industry
must have E-books already set up in a format compatible to the "Books
in Minutes" machine. That's what all the fuss is about.
Traditional Publishers will make millions while at the same time saving
millions on shipping and distribution. The only question is, who owns
the E-book rights to all those books already in print the author or the
publisher? Writer beware. Think twice before you sign away your E-book
Talbott, Author of:
Marti Talbott is the author of:
A Shattered City - Earthquake in Seattle
Marti is a mother of two and the grandmother of six, a California earthquake
survivor now living in Seattle. She is the author of one published and
four as yet unpublished novels.
*If you are an e-publisher
and want to respond to this write to editor
April 24th Note since this article was written Marti has decided to
close Carson Books and anyone who is thinking of submitting to Domhan
Books should write to this editor first before submitting.
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