Linked by ozonehole on Fri 19th Mar 2010 13:05 UTC
In the News A serious dispute is brewing in the world of ebooks, pitting publishers and Apple against giant online retailer Amazon. A significant part of the appeal of ebooks is that they are (or should be) much cheaper than printed editions. In the publishing world, royalties paid to the author typically represent just 10% of the retail price. Both publishers and retailers take their cut. Printing is usually 30%, and then there are warehousing and shipping costs.
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RE: Sloppy research, indeed...
by npcomplete on Fri 19th Mar 2010 15:52 UTC in reply to "Sloppy research, indeed..."
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Like printing, distribution costs also becomes moot for e-books. In addition, marketing works for large volume sellers. Not much marketing is needed for lower volume sellers you say this will be problematic for.

With e-books, an independent writer for a niche topic where the type of mass marketing provided by publishers wouldn't make much difference can publish the book him/herself, attract more people due to the lower price AND make more money. There are already independent artists selling MP3s directly on amazon for example.

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