Amazon vs. Macmillan & The Future of Book Publishing

by thiszine

From a blog post by author Caleb Crain on the Amazon vs. Macmillan debacle:

“What’s perhaps most breathtaking about the Amazon-Macmillan dispute is how little, finally, is at stake: should the highest price of an e-book be $9.95 or $14.95? No one dreams any more that it’s going to be $28. What’s being fought over is control, and the reason control is being fought over so viciously is that the only way such massive cost savings are going to be achieved is by consolidation–by collapsing a few of the intermediary steps somewhere between the creation of a book and the reading of it. Will you some day download your e-books directly from Farrar, Straus & Giroux’s website? Will Amazon some day be the publisher of Jonathan Franzen’s novels? Some future between these two outcomes is more likely to happen, but precisely where the division will fall remains to be seen. Authors, in the meantime, had better ask their agents to negotiate their e-book royalties very carefully, seeing as how, while the titans rage, the financial analysts have already factored into their bottom lines the expectation that someone else will be eating our slice of the pie.”

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2 Comments to “Amazon vs. Macmillan & The Future of Book Publishing”

  1. I find charging $14.95 or $9.95 for an e-book ridiculous. I am a supporter of e-books but I believe the price of an e-book should reflect the cost to manufacture one. Since a person at home can create an e-book for close to nothing, I refuse to pay more than $3 for an e-book. If I am going to spend $9.95 or more on literature, I’d rather purchase a physical copy of the book.

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