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eBooks: The Battle Rages On

I had to chuckle when I read the first line of independent publisher Jennifer Havenner’s post on Huffington Post. She mentions being unable to avoid news of the destruction of traditional publishing and the printed book by the rise of the e-book. I laughed because we posted about this very issue on Twitter earlier today.

Havenner makes an interesting argument for both the continued presence of publishing and the survival of printed material. I don’t know if I can wholeheartedly agree that works of true value will always endure in the physical (rather than digital) formats. The day that publishers collectively agree to increase the price-point of e-books to be at or near hardback books may turn out to be the true make-or-break moment.

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Why can’t ebooks and printed books co-exist

Comment by Tina Allen

This is a question I’ve often asked when the subject of e-books versus printed books is broached. The issue of using paper resources is one that is frequently cited when discussing the need for transition away from printed books. We took that route ourselves when Soundview converted to its eight digital formats. We expected an overwhelming outcry from our customers but instead were met mostly with praise. On the whole, I believe you are correct. Coexistence will continue for the foreseeable future. After all, look at the music industry. There is a business that saw MP3s cause a massive decline in CD sales, yet sales of vinyl have actually increased. Perhaps print will someday be a niche market all its own.

Comment by Soundview

This is so much true. One has to keep in mind, however, that the niche-based publications following the Long Tail principle are the ones that have been most able to benefit from the eBook market.

Comment by fromvictorwithlove

Thanks for linking to the HuffPost blog. I’m glad I’m not the only one getting swamped with Chicken Little news. Your insight about eBook price point is important. We have seen an increase this last year, I wonder if the trend will continue. The consumers have certainly not slowed down their purchasing!

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