Fortune: “Book publishers in denial on Amazon’s e-book sales”
Daniel Roberts’ article is worth a read. He was talking to attendees at BookExpo America, focusing on Amazon’s recent announcement that e-books outsell all paperbooks (p-books) combined at Amazon now.
The headline is a bit misleading…bookstore folks get more attention in it than publishers.
That’s, of course, a very different perspective. A bookseller doesn’t get any money when Amazon sells an e-book…a publisher does.
There were a couple of weird things in the piece. How about this quotation?
“I don’t believe a thing Amazon says anyway.”
Um…care to give a reason for that? The speaker certainly may have said a lot more than that, but without a reason, it just sounds…petulant, I suppose.
It’s also stated that someone wouldn’t get a Kindle, because that person doesn’t like being bound to Amazon to buy books. If I was still a brick-and-mortar bookstore manager, I would have done more research than that before I made a statement like that. Even though Amazon doesn’t currently do EPUB with DRM (Digital Rights Management), it’s one of the most open systems out there…and you can buy books for it from other places.
There is one more I can’t let go before I leave the rest to the original article. That’s this statement:
“…everyone involved makes less money from the sale of an e-book…”
Tell that to Amanda Hocking, or John Locke, or D.D. Scott, or all the other people who are making money being able to independently publish e-books. A very large number of those, we can assume, would have made no money if they had to go the p-book route…
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.