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Book Distributors in the Age of Electronic Publishing: Part II ›

This post is the follow-up to the previous, which addressed what distributors do now at a time when printed books still dominate book sales, and will describe the role of distributors as the industry transitions to eBooks.
The advent of the eBook changes everything. Distributors are about to be disintermediated (a fancy way of saying put … Read More »

Book Distributors in the Age of Electronic Publishing ›

Will there be a need for book distributors in the age of electronic publishing?
This post will cover what distributors do now at a time when printed books still dominate book sales overall. The next post will describe the role of distributors as the industry transitions to eBooks.
For most of the forty years that book distributors … Read More »

Should Any Ebook Reseller Be the Custodian of Our Literary Culture? ›

In the last post to this blog I pointed out that the Big Six publishers have about 51% of the overall market for print books, and that this percentage was just fine. The 49% left over for independent publishers is easily enough to support a vibrant literary culture.
But to what extent do the Big Six … Read More »

E-Book Distribution: What’s the Deal? ›

“Follow the money” is good advice for anyone trying to get to the bottom of a business dispute. This has been next to impossible in the case of the squabble over the distribution of eBooks; none of the parties can release any numbers. A great many people who have tried to understand this dispute have … Read More »