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The frontier world of self-published e-books

June 6, 2011

Tags: ebooks



"In the winter of 2010, the cheerfully effervescent romance novelist Nyree Belleville suffered the same fate as many a scribe — she was dropped by her publisher," writes Neely Tucker in Novel rejected? There’s an e-book gold rush! (Washington Post, 5-6-11). The most any of her 12 spicy romances, penned under the name Bella Andre, had earned was $21,000." She got the rights to her novels back and began self-publishing....Here’s what her first quarter looked like: 56,008 books sold; income, $116,264....There is no good comparison for what’s happening in the frontier world of self-published e-books, because there has never been anything like it in publishing history."

Our style sheet is in flux because so far there is no general agreement on how to style the word: eBooks, ebooks, e-books, E-books, E-Books. I'm leaning toward eBooks, as

Penguin CEO Adjusts to E-Books but Sees Room for the Old (Jeffrey, A. Trachtenberg, WSJ, 4-9-11, reports on his interview with Penguin CEO John Makinson. "There is a growing distinction between the book reader and the book owner. The book reader just wants the experience of reading the book, and that person is a natural digital consumer: Instead of a disposable mass market book, they buy a digital book. The book owner wants to give, share and shelve books. They love the experience. As we add value to the physical product, particularly the trade paperback and hardcover, the consumer will pay a little more for the better experience....There will always be a market for physical books, just as I think there will always be bookstores."