The threats and possibilities of a digital book market
In comparison to the film, music and even newspaper industries, the publishing industry is changing rather lethargically. This does not change the inevitable fact that it will face immense changes in the future which have already been apparent for many years.
It seems like publishers have been afraid of adapting to a changing market. By analyzing other content industries they saw the pitfalls of accelerated digitalization. They tried to avoid developments such as lower prices and piracy by delaying digitalization as long as possible. Maybe they deemed the risk
In this new age of self-publishing and electronic book and readers, the most rousing debate is about what the future of publishing is going to be. A great many people suspect that the big name, traditional publishers will be obsolete in a few years. Some of our more beloved authors have insisted that traditional book publishing is not something that should be abandoned and that they in fact are going to stick to it, at least for the major projects.
We have talked about this many times on this blog – where is the future or publishing going
Last week, the world’s biggest science fiction publisher – Tor – announced that they were going to be dropping DRM from their entire list of books published. This is big news because ever since eBooks made an appearance on the market, most notably on the Kindle Store, Digital Rights Management has been part of the process.
Digital Rights Management – DRM – is how publishers ensure that the book you buy from them is only readable on the eReader it is bought for. The Kindle and Nook platforms are the biggest users of DRM since Amazon and Barnes