Thoughts on Recent Publishing News

March 27, 2011

The New York Times announced their pricing model last week, to take place at month’s end. I have no issues with their minimum free content, 15.00 and 20.00 per four weeks (not monthly) subscriptions and am glad that they won’t be making an effort to prevent Twitter and Facebook from linking to their content.

Regarding the book publishing industry — Did we really expect that the major publishing houses would price their electronic books at a minimal discount from their paper counterparts? Other than major bestsellers, Kindle savings are minor. Let’s see if we have to pay sales taxes on digital downloads!

I’m as disappointed as I am glad that a federal judge denied Google’s plan to digitize every book ever published. There will be time to come up with a settlement. No one should be in a hurry to have Google become the world’s bookstore.. .


Publishers Get Greedy With Digital

October 5, 2010

An ebook actually costing more than its paper counterpart? Hey, it’s less than one dollar, but the ebook versions of new Ken Follett and James Patterson titles are selling at a higher price than the hardcover editions. Come on! Although, I suppose we thought this would occur sooner or later.

I Just Forgot What I Read…

July 11, 2010

Nicolas Carr’s book ‘The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains’ makes the case for a web-induced culture of short attention span pod people. Carr’s theory is backed up from a variety of tests and studies, each of which appears to make the same conclusion – a correlation between the increase of internet usage, with a decline in the absorption of more sophisticated contemplation or thought. He makes a good case and I wanted this post to be longer, but my attention is being diverted to other distractions…

But seriously, David Brooks discusses the same topic in his current ‘New York Times’ editorial.