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There’s Bad News for E-Readers — And Great News for People Who Still Love Actual Books

5 March 2015

From Arts.Mic:

Out with the “e,” in with the “book.”

Continuing a recent trend, e-reader sales have continued to drop from their 2012 high — to the point of affecting overall revenue at major publishing houses, according to TechCrunch. Publishing giants Penguin Random House and Simon and Schuster shed an average 8.8% of their total profit in 2014, TechCrunch reports, and e-book sales at both houses are a big part of that loss.

It’s the extension of a gradual pushback against e-readers: Whether it’s bookworms at Mashable pointing outthe future irrelevance of the platform or the Guardian declaring predictions of their death (a little) prematurely, e-books are no longer guaranteed to be the future of reading. But regardless of how close e-readers are to the grave, there’s no doubt that they’re headed the wrong direction — to the benefit of traditional hardback and paperback books.

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Though there will likely continue to be sales spurts for e-readers — especially around holiday gift-buying times, as GeekWire noted in December — this trend downward for e-books is likely to continue. As Mic noted in September, that’s great news for those who love the printed word: Print books have been shown to lead to better comprehension and health for readers.

Link to the rest at Arts.Mic and thanks to Bill for the tip.

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109 Comments to “There’s Bad News for E-Readers — And Great News for People Who Still Love Actual Books”

  1. Are they factoring in the purchase of mixed media devices (like tablets) into this?

    • That was my thought as well. They don’t mention e-book sales.

      • Numbers. The latest tablet sale stats didn’t include amazon’s 6-inch tablet, because it didn’t meet some stupid criteria for “tablet.” Thus, headlines saying “tablet sales are way down,” even though 6-inch tablets and phones are flying off the shelves.

        • I have the Kindle Fire 6 inch (birthday present) and love it and am still buying ebooks. Meh.

          I wonder if they only count trad pub sales?

          I only buy a trad pub ebook if it’s priced competitively with indies. If not, I bypass it.

  2. Are these the same studies that overwhelmingly don’t include indies? I well believe Big Publisher e-book revenue is down, thanks to their habit of over-pricing things. I can’t count the number of times I’ve looked longingly at a book by a favorite author, then quietly turned away and bought 3-4 books for the same price from indie authors.

    • In February, I bought 4 boxed sets of 44 novels and novellas for under $6. Should keep me occupied for a while.

    • Ditto M.C.A.’s question. I’m a little suspicious of this “trend” because if it focuses on traditional publishers print numbers vs. their e-book sales, then it really is a way of highlighting their business, rather than *all* book sales.

    • To hide how badly it going for them, they mention e’readers’ only, not ebooks. Sort of like saying interstate road construction is down now that we have dual lanes though most places people want to go.

      .

      The more cordial the buyer’s secretary, the greater the odds that the competition already has the order.

    • Next book by Jim Butcher, 23.29 [*]. I like the guy and how he writes, but for that price… I’m going somewhere else.

      Windowed? If I’m still interested when it’s out in paperback / decent e-price… I’ll have had it from another place.

      Take care.

      [*] Some of that might be EU VAT rules. 21% from Spain

      • I used to buy all his hardcovers. Got a K.Fire and I buy his ebooks. They are still priced more than I would normally pay for any ebook, but hey, it’s a series. It will eventurally end. I will be sad, if still alive. hahah

        Then back to cheapo ereads. 😀

    • So true. I have done that a few times in the past couple weeks. I was looking for a few Westerns that weren’t available at the local book shop, and since I just downsized my physical book collection, I was hoping the eBooks would be reasonable. I can’t say I was surprised to find the trad-pubbed eBooks on Kindle priced the exact price of the paperbacks – $6.99. No discount at all. A few of them from an alternative publisher were priced thirty cents less than the paperback editions. Needless to say, I bought other books instead, and will keep my eye out for the discounted paperbacks at the book store. The type of media doesn’t sway me so much as the price. If the paperbacks are cheaper, I buy them. The same for the Kindle editions. That part doesn’t change, at least for me!

  3. And does this vapor-statistic factor in that the Kindle app is available for so many platforms, for zero money?

    Methinks this be yet another symptom of advanced e-book derangement syndrome. “Quick! Put things back the way they were and there will be a chicken in every pot!”

    • Me: no Kindle or any other kind of e-reader.

      However… I do have the free Kindle app on my 2 laptops and 2 tablets. And over 2k Kindle books in my library. 🙂

  4. Methinks they are not counting my iPhone. 😆

  5. “this trend downward for e-books is likely to continue.”

    P.G.

    *Ding* I’m the Avon lady. Can I offer you some foundation cream today?

    brendan

  6. They can’t be factoring in mixed media devices, because tablet sales are booming right now. What’s dying is a single-purpose e-reading device. Especially as tablet screens have increased in resolution and quality over the last few years, people have been switching to tablets for reading over other dedicated e-readers.

    And it’s definitely true about big publishing’s ebook prices. They are driving down sales, and making indie offerings more attractive–just when their quality seems to be getting somewhat better.

    • Patricia Sierra

      Judging just from Amazon’s electronics sales, standalone e-readers are doing fine. Their various models are always in the top 100 best sellers. The Paperwhite seems to be the most popular, but more and more I’m seeing the Voyage listed. I hope Amazon never stops making e-readers for those who want a dedicated device.

      I can’t remember the last time I saw someone reading a paper book out in public, but I have seen folks with e-readers.

      Edited to add: I just checked Amazon’s top selling electronics. At this moment, the basic Kindle is number one; a version of the Paperwhite is number five. That’s out of all the electronics they sell. Other models are farther down the list.

      • I love my Voyage. I am glad I upgraded from the Paperwhite!

        • Patricia Sierra

          Not so long ago I was afraid they’d stop producing the non-touch basic Kindle, so I stocked up on them…then, after reading Voyage reviews, I decided to give it a try. It was love at first reading. Perfection.

        • Me, too. I upgraded from a keyboard model that was perfectly fine for years. I considered it a gift-to-myself luxury purchase at the time since I had no real problems with the old one, but now I don’t know how I got along without it.

        • I want one so bad. But, well, can’t. Sniff.

      • I see a lot of people on the train (Cologne) reading print books. But also some with readers (or tablets) – that’s a huge difference from a few years ago where my Kindle was an oddity.

  7. “it’s definitely true about big publishing’s ebook prices.”

    ern,

    Right enough. For a group swimming in deep trouble, they are as pig headed as bankers selling bum notes.

    brendan

  8. As the reporter was typing up this piece, I imagine he was assisted by a fairy godmother, helpful forest creatures and talking birds. And “Let It Go” was playing in the background. It’s pure fantasy.

    bookworms at Mashable pointing out the future irrelevance of the platform

    Now there’s a reliable source. Rather like fans of LPs declaring that we’ll all stop listening to digital music soon, because vinyl is superior. Um, sure. Okay. If they say so, it must be true.

    “Let it go. Let it go. Just put that e-reader dowwwwn.”

  9. I read the summary of this Kevin O’Keeffe article on TPV.

    On-line.

    Then I went to mic.com to peruse the entire article.

    On-line.

    Then I poked around the other thirteen articles
    by Kevin O’Keeffe on mic.com.

    On-line.

    Then I decided not to Facebook Like either this article or Kevin O’Keeffe.

    On-line.

    I suppose I could copy, paste and print my own copies but…

    Dan

  10. Simple nonsense.

  11. These folks are starting to sound like a skipping CD. (For the young people, a CD was a physical form of media that had digital music optically embedded into it. A flaw in the media like a scratch could cause it to skip. This also happened more frequently with another physical media form called a record.)

    • Stephen Gradijan

      What is “physical media”? Is that like when you go to like a doctor for a check-up, and he, like, uses to, like, you know, like diagnose you by going on WebMD or something like that?

  12. Judging the health of the ebook industry by the sales of dedicated ereaders is dumb for several reasons, not the least of which is that ereaders don’t have to be replaced after reading one book. Good grief. Sales would eventually drop no matter what.

    I think we can all agree that dedicated ereaders are on their way out.

    • Smart Debut Author

      Judging the health of the ebook industry by the sales of dedicated ereaders is dumb for several reasons…

      It’s just as dumb as judging the health of the ebook industry by the declining sales of its Five Biggest and fastest-shrinking middlemen as they are completely disintermediated by readers and writers.

    • I DON’T think we can all agree that dedicated ereaders are on their way out. Sales numbers don’t say that, even if they are declining slightly (it’s moving from an expanding market to a largely saturated replacement market, perhaps, but that’s a different thing entirely).

      I certainly HOPE dedicated ereaders don’t ever go away. I can read on a dedicated ereader for 12-15 hours a day with no eyestrain. No matter how high the resolution is, a multi-use tablet or a computer screen starts wearing on my eyes after four to six hours, and the time I spend staring at the screen while working and writing is factored into that.

      • Hey, that’s all good. I have no dog in that particular fight. 🙂

      • I expect tablet screens to reach e-book qualities, myself.

        Take care

        • I doubt that they will, because they have a different purpose. A dedicated e-reader is designed specifically to be easy on the eyes; a tablet screen is designed for higher resolution graphics. Until you start getting HD-resolution level e-ink screens (which is pretty far down the road), tablets will continue using relatively hard-on-the-eyes backlit screens.

          • Define “pretty far down the road”. I never said it was going to be fast, anyhow.

            And then you have the option of having dual screens. Both emitters in the same space, in layers or something equivalent. I see options. And I see e-devices converging everywhere else. Remember when you had mobile phones and mp3 players and a laptop to check your mail (and little else)? Remember wristwatches and pocket calculators?

            Take care.

          • By “pretty far down the road” I mean “a long time.” Dual screens on a tablet is silly, to be frank, when one of those screens is single-purpose (ereading). Placing both emitters in the same place to use the same screen doesn’t seem feasible when one is backlit (tablet) and the other is front-lit (eReader). The displays are diametrically opposite technologies.

            Incidentally, most of those things that are “converging”? The laptop is still around and quite prevalent; so are pocket calculators and wristwatches. Those devices are not replaced just because there is another device which CAN replace those devices. I see dedicated eReaders as a similar thing to watches — yes, tablets CAN be used for the same function, but there are reasons why you use an actual watch instead of a tablet to check the time. Similarly, tablets CAN be used for the same function as eReaders, but there are reasons why you want to use a dedicated ereader.

            What you have now is tablets which are being more and more refined for video and graphics. They are backlit, with HD color and clarity. They are also terrible on eyes, long-term. Yes, some people have built up a tolerance to them, but it’s not physically possible to do so for everyone. All of those studies which indicate that e-readers are bad on the eyes\poor for retention\etc? Those are based on iPads and similar tablets, all using this type of screen. This technology of screen inherently CANNOT be developed to be as easy on the eye as paper, as with dedicated e-ink devices.

            So, the only way for eReaders to really have their function duplicated by tablets is to get eInk screens that work as well as tablet screens. Which means color screens, HD-quality images, and 30 frames per second animation minimum.

            Currently the top-of-the-line eInk device runs at 300 dpi. It is black and white only. And, from what I can tell, there is a LONG way to go before it will show 30 frames per second of animation.

            There are a few attempts at adding color to eInk displays, but from what I’ve seen it’s EGA-level color. If eInk displays advance at the same rate as computer monitors did in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s, it’ll be twenty years before they catch up to where tablet screens are today. And, from what I’ve been able to tell, there just isn’t any commercial interest in developing better color eInk; modern tablet screens are cheaper, by far, and the outlook for such an investment is too long-term to be worth it.

            I’m not saying it will NEVER happen. But I wouldn’t be surprised if the technology doesn’t catch up in our lifetime.

          • Dual screen devices have been with us for a while already and colour E-Ink continue to increase in refresh rates – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/the-best-four-e-paper-displays-coming-to-your-smartphone-and-tablet/ – there are some devices that take their e-ink screens to see through for the LED below, or is it the other way around? But either way … they’re here already.

    • Yep. I haven’t bought a new reader in several years.

      That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped reading ebooks.

    • @Dan DeWitt

      I do not agree. I read exclusively on a Kindle. I think my wife intends to get me a Voyage as a gift. That is the only reason I have not bought one.

  13. Yawn … if everyone is happy with their current e-reader then there’s no reason to buy another. (these aren’t those iThingys where you have to run out and buy the latest and greatest …)

    So unless sales have dropped to just ‘replacement’ levels, ‘more’ people are buying/giving/getting e-readers than before.

    And since Amazon and the others still seems to be selling plenty of those e-‘book’ things, this is just Chicken Little (played here by someone linked to the trad pubs) singing out: “The sky is not falling — the sky is not falling!” while running from place to place looking for somewhere to hide …

    .

    While you recently had your problems on the run, they’ve regrouped and are making another attack.

    • This. Who doesn’t like 2 weeks of charge, readability in sunlight, and no weight to speak of?

      On top of which, only the Kobo ereader software family allows me to synch books directly from Calibre to shelves/categories on my reader.

      • Felix J. Torres

        I can do it on my Kindle Fire with Calibre Companion.
        It organizes both mobi and epub books and lets me choose the app that opens the book, even the built-in Kindle app.

        • Ooh! Thanks, Felix. I didn’t know there was such an app for Fire.

          • Felix J. Torres

            You’re welcome.
            It’s been on Google Play for quite a while but it got a Fire version some time in the last year or so.
            It gives you two ways to connect via WiFi: by accessing the Calibre Server to pull content or by presenting the Fire asca wireless device to push the content from Calibre

  14. Felix J. Torres

    “Actual books.”
    Sounds like they’re trying to reassure the book sniffers and paper fetishists.

  15. Chris Armstrong

    Pack it in everyone, we’ve had a great run!

  16. Ebooks and ereaders are not the same thing by a mile.

    Logic. What do they teach them in these schools?

    • That it’s a dagerous thing and best avoided.

      If someone offers you a bit on the street, ust throw it away the first chance you have of doing so unobserved.

      Take care.

    • I know. I kept thinking “do they realize those are two different things?” One is software, one is hardware. It’s like saying Xbox sales are down, so video games are on the out and everyone is going back to card games.

      And of course, people read on smart phones and tablets, both of which are selling quite well.

    • Yeah, well.

      I don’t buy a new ereader every time I buy a new ebook.

      In fact, I own only one single, plain Kindle, and love reading on it.

  17. Smart Debut Author

    It’s gotta be a deliberate attempt to spread misinformation.

    Nobody is this stupid in real life.

  18. Goodness, article writer, why do you hate trees so much? Bad experience hiking as a child? I can see having a preference, but this seething resentment toward eBooks is, frankly, creepy and weird. Perhaps a soothing cookie is in order.

  19. Continuing a recent trend, e-reader sales have continued to drop from their 2012 high

    Amazon doesn’t release sales data regarding sales of Kindle devices, so I don’t know what numbers are being used but they don’t include the numbers of the most popular e-readers on the planet. #epicfail

  20. Do these people actually believe their own BS?

    Or do they publish this stuff praying those who read it will be convinced and indies will stop publishing, readers will stop buying indie, and Amazon will close it’s e-tailer doors – or at least severely downsize.

    After all ebooks don’t sell, indies can’t make money, and Amazon is the antichrist.

    They can’t print or put anything on the internet that’s not true! My Magic 8 Ball said so!!!

    • They don’t believe it and they don’t think indies will stop publishing or readers will stop buying ebooks.

      This is playing a tune as the Titanic sinks. They’re trying to reassure those who are about to drown. The special snowflakes with traditional publishers who are thinking about jumping ship, along with all the execs and staff thinking about finding new jobs in other industries or retiring. I think their hope is if they can get out enough misinformation they can slow the rapid decline and milk a few more years out of the old system before it vanishes.

  21. Yes. eBooks are in a death spiral, and quality paper books, endorsed by agents and publishers, are driving them out of the market.

    I encourage people who write for arts platforms to embrace this idea. I encourage everyone associated with corporate publishing to embrace this idea. I encourage Guardian and Salon editors to embrace this idea. I encourage people to tell each other how critical they are to the curation and development of literary culture. I encourage veteran publishing consultants to embrace this idea. I encourage independent authors to sadly nod and agree with them.

    Sun Tzu said victory is ensured if we can confuse the enemy’s mind.

    • “I encourage independent authors to sadly nod and agree with them.”

      And try not to snicker at them while they are still in hearing range nor LOLing while still in sight …

      “Sun Tzu said victory is ensured if we can confuse the enemy’s mind.”

      Does he say anything about when they are doing it to themselves? 😉

      .

      Famous Last Words: “hmm…wikipedia says it’s edible”

      • Does he say anything about when they are doing it to themselves?

        Then you have already won.

  22. A drop in e-reader sales means nothing.

    As pointed out, people read on everything from their phones (God bless them – it hurts my eyes) to their laptop screens.

    Also, and I think someone touched on this above, it has to do with previous sales to an extent.

    When something is new – totally new or a new version of an old – sales are brisk. If Amazon releases Kindle Mega Edition tomorrow, sales will spike. If a new Nook… never mind that example…. Anyway! Iphone sales probably slow in between version too. So what?

    I have had the same ereader for 4 years. Unless it kicks the bucket, I’m not going to replace it. I imagine there are plenty of folks like me out there (at least when it comes to purchases).

  23. All right. I’ll play. I’ll be today’s iconoclast. There isn’t a single book-free room in my house. I have enough actual tree-sourced books to open a library.
    I love books.
    And yet…
    Since we got our first Kindle– when the first Kindles were released, we’ve gone on to buy three Paperwhites and a Kindle Fire. And my son has whatever reader Kobo sells. And we’ve never looked back.
    My husband subscribes to multiple medical periodicals (those suckers are heavy!), sports magazines and three newspapers on his Kindle Fire. Gone are the annoying piles of dead trees. (The only drawback is that I have to scavenge from my neighbors for newspaper to start a fire in our wood-burning stove in the winter.)
    I read 99 books out of 100 on my Paperwhite, maybe 199 books out of 200. That 1 book out of whatever that I want to keep, or think I want to keep, I purchase if the price isn’t too extreme.
    So there you have it. Yes, I buy the occasional paper book, but owning an ereader saves me time, money and the lifting and schleping to the local library to donate all those barely used books.
    In fact, owning an ereader has encouraged me to de-clutter. I swear over the past few years I’ve donated enough books to open a second lending library. That’s it in a nutshell. Because now all my books fit in a nutshell…

  24. “Continuing a recent trend, e-reader sales have continued to drop from their 2012 high.”

    In other news, iPod and home internet modem sales are down, supporting the predicted trend of less internet and MP3 music usage. Smart media companies are now encouraged to re-invest in brick and mortar music stores as well as the vinyl and tape music formats.

    Actually, I’m just being a s*******. Maybe this will help the OP:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-NOgoWlhXvP0/TkYFf_zBrqI/AAAAAAAAASI/1i7Fic1Gzas/s640/technology-adoption-curve.png

  25. There’s always someone eager to make a mountain out of a molehill. Till very recently, folks were predicting the demise of print books.

  26. I have some stats from a talk I gave on the weekend: 70 million people in the US have tablets, 1/3 use them for reading. They account for 42% of ebook purchases. 175 million people have cellphones, 12% use them for reading. They account for 7% of ebook purchases. There are stats predicting 196 million smartphones in the US by next year – that’s a jump of 20 million. Worldwide, Gartner predicts consumers will buy 2.4 billion smartphones in the next year. This is why Amazon is focusing on developing a smartphone – consumers will use their smartphones to make purchases and will read on them. Whoever captures that market has an enormous advantage. The decline in the popularity of the e-reader doesn’t mean a return to print books. I don’t understand why publishers don’t embrace all of these potential mobile readers coming onboard in the next few years. I suspect they think mobile reading is someone on a bus with a paperback.

  27. I was going to buy an ebook recently. An old backlist title put out by the Big Five, costing a couple of bucks more than the used paperbacks.

    Then I read the reviews. People complained that it was just a cheap OCR hack job, with, amongst other problems, exclamation marks instead of ones. Others complained that some of the character names were wrong throughout the book, or changed randomly at the whim of the OCR software.

    I think I’ll buy the used paperback, instead.

    Otherwise, I haven’t really used my e-ink Kindle since I bought my Nexus 7: the screen is good enough to read for significant amounts of time, so I don’t really need e-ink any more. They’re fading away because the alternatives are getting better, not because people don’t want to read ebooks.

    • Yeah, I bought a copy of The Maltese Falcon a while back. It was pretty well done, but there were a dozen or so very obvious OCR errors.

    • This happened to me on a backlist title through Harlequin by Kathleen Korbel, the author I wanna be when I grow up. The print version is of course long OOP, so I thought, why not get it for the Kindle?

      I settled in for a great read. The OCR job was so poor that I didn’t get more than two pages into Chapter Two. On the first page of that chapter were no less than seven omissions/bad scanning/typos. “f” for “of”, “very” for “every.” Missing quotes, a repeated name (Really? Three characters, two of whom are named Huey?)

      Korbel deserves better than this. So do I. I went back and kvetched on Amazon, and deleted the title from my trusty purple reading machine.

      This is not Korbel’s fault. It is the publisher’s fault, wanting to make some more money from the title without going the distance on giving the reader a decent value for the money.

      • How freakin’ hard is it to do a quality OCR conversion? They could have an unpaid summer intern do a copyedit on an OCR file.

        The fact that Big Pub doesn’t on backlists tells me that they’re 1)greedy, 2)lazy, 3) don’t give a rat’s a** about their customers.

        May they continue their long, slow slide into the Black Pit of Failed Businesses.

  28. And, as I pointed out when I submitted a similar article about the big fall in ebooks, and particularly in the case of Penguin Random House, that fall in books didn’t note that they were comparing that to the historic highs surrounding the Fifty Shades of Gray books. I wouldn’t be surprised of S&S was also comparing their sales to another blockbuster.

  29. I used to purchase at least one paperback a week. It has been more than a year since I got the last one. 98% of my reading these days has been on my Galaxy s4 smartphone. My main complaint is the mainstream authors I like have been pricing their eBooks higher than the paperbacks. I refuse to pay that sort of extortion. The good news is that this has provided the incentive to find new indie authors.
    Methinks the article is ignoring indie publications and is merely pointing out the slow suicide of traditional publishing houses.

    • My main complaint is the mainstream authors I like have been pricing their eBooks higher than the paperbacks.

      Ditto. I was going to buy another Big Five ebook recently, but it was $2 more than the paperback, so I waited until I made an Amazon order and got the print version instead.

  30. The whole article starts out by saying profits are down 8.8% on average at two Big 5 publishers. If you click through to the Techcrunch source, then you find out that at S&S, ebook sales are down from 24% of revenue to 23%.

    It seems to me that paper book sales must be down quite a bit more to create that big a drop in overall profit.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I think you could turn this around and say ebook revenues are relatively holding their own in a down market.

  31. Who wrote this bollocks? Nice researching to cater to big publishing. Either that or it was written by David Brent at Dunder Mifflin because he wants his paper pushing job back.

  32. I guess this means Borders can start up again, and Barnes and Noble, Chapters and all the rest will be firing up their brick and mortar store expansion plans.

  33. Al the Great and Powerful

    Rather than buying the paperback instead of the overpriced ebook, I borrow the ebook from the library and if I like it, buy it later in ebook format when its gone down in price.

    They should be happy I’m not a starving grad student anymore… if I were, I’d probably ask around to see if anybody had a copy and there wouldn’t be any sales action for that author at all.

    I still own and use my first ereader (Kindle DX), because it still works fine. I used up one Nexus 7 and am enjoying reading on my second. The only reason i am thinking about another, bigger device is to read Pulps magazines (and Woodenboat magazine, and various brewing zines) and game rules on… But I keep looking at refurbished Ipads, because I could use them on trips abroad to surf the net as well as to read. So that wouldn’t count on the poll.

  34. Are you absolutely certain you never have?

    ETA: Whoa! While I was replying, the post disappeared. Wonder why?

  35. Chris Armstrong

    If this article used the same language but described an opposite trend, it would be accused of cheerleading the demise of an ecosystem and of literacy and culture.

    Not only do I think the article is wrong, but I think there is a subtle mean-spirited quality about it – crowing about the demise of ebooks and those that create or consume them. (Fortunately it’s wrong on that.)

    • You must be mistaken, Chris. I’m pretty sure Mike Shatzkin said it was indies who crow over the imminent demise of traditional publishing. And he is a veteran publishing consultant, ya know.

      • Chris Armstrong

        Oh right! I forgot that.

      • Smart Debut Author

        Shatzkin’s sounding pretty shrill lately.

        I guess there aren’t many buyers these days for fifty-year-old snake oil… or decade-old SEO advice.

        • As Shatzkin has said, self published authors are “wannabe’s” and should be called “Amazon published authors”. But apparently he doesn’t realize why people think he’s against self publishing.

          • So because most of my sales come from somewhere other than Zon, am I just a no-name 🙂

      • This is serious stuff. In a recent post, the veteran publishing consultant revealed he was battling the Indie Militia. His words, not mine.

  36. Loving “Actual Books,” eh?

    The title of the OP tells me everything I need to know about it without reading it.

  37. Radio, cinema, television, cable, satellite, streaming video, tablets, ebook readers, print books–all will learn to co-exist and the popularity will ebb from older deliveries to more modern. I read ebooks almost exclusively now, but don’t have an ebook reader or tablet. Will still pick up a print book, but as an indie publisher, I’m cutting back the number of books I keep available as POD because the sales tell me they are no longer viable enough in that format to justify the expense.

  38. I like both. Depending on whether I will be in a vicinity of a bookstore and if I can’t wait to get my eyes on the pages to absorb the words, I usually end up buying the e-book for its convenience of fast delivery. BUT there are certain authors I don’t bend for and have to have the physical book in my hands or sometimes after reading an e-book that I enjoy, I will purchase the book.

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