Friday, January 30, 2009

The Future of Publishing

Over at his blog, Jason Pinter is running a series on the future of publishing.

He asked people for suggestions and mine is one of the ones up today. I said that all versions of a book should be available at the same time; hardcover, trade, mass market, e-book, audio - whatever the customer wants.

It looks like it should be a good discussion.




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1 comment:

Mike Knowles said...

John,

I agree with you. I think there should be more options when a book is published. I think hardcover books are a deterrent to most consumers because of the high cost. If you are a new writer(like me) most people are unlikely to take a $24.95 chance on a new name.

I really wanted my book to be a paperback first, because all of the old crime novels I love were paperback. Crime novels seem to lend themselves to paperback format. Hard Case Crime seems to be working with this idea in mind, and I buy more of those books than any other right now because who doesn't think $8.99 for a book by a classic author is a steal? If the same books were three times the price, I would never have picked any of them up.