Mike Shatzkin asks: what can publishers offer in digital publishing? A response.

Mike Shatzkin has just posted an excellent new article: “Will book publishers be able to retain primacy as ebook publishers?” Some snippets:
 

“… I think we’re going to see a US market that is 80% digital for narrative text reading in the pretty near future: could be as soon as two years from now but almost certainly within five …
… Now here’s a fact which is documentable, and would be documented right here on a day when time wasn’t in such short supply: brands that are not publishing houses are directly publishing their own ebooks with increasing frequency.

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Mike Shatzkin asks: what can publishers offer in digital publishing? A response.

Mike Shatzkin has just posted an excellent new article: “Will book publishers be able to retain primacy as ebook publishers?” Some snippets:
 

“… I think we’re going to see a US market that is 80% digital for narrative text reading in the pretty near future: could be as soon as two years from now but almost certainly within five …

… Now here’s a fact which is documentable, and would be documented right here on a day when time wasn’t in such short supply: brands that are not publishing houses are directly publishing their own ebooks with increasing frequency.

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Pay’in For It: How should writers pay for help with self-publishing?

In the wake of Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath’s discussion of Eisler’s move to self publishing (turning down a $500,000 contract in the process), Dean Wesley Smith has posted some thoughts that he disagreed with their views on how to get help in those bits of publishing a writer wasn’t able to do, or didn’t want to do: things like covers, formatting, and uploading the books. Click to read more...