Monday, April 30, 2012

E-Books vs. Traditional Publishing: Big G weighs in

Here's a great piece in the Chicago Tribune on e-books and the government's decision to sue some of the big players for price-fixing:,0,1423394.story


Kelly McCullough said...

My problem with this article as with most of the ebook articles I've seen lately is that it's comparing ebooks solely to hardcovers and ignoring the mass market paperback. It makes some good points, but the fact that it doesn't touch on a) one of the largest selling formats in hard copy, and b) talks about royalties only in terms of hard copy and hard cover eliding current royalties from major publishers for ebooks makes it a pretty suspect article.

Douglas Hulick said...

I think my biggest issue with this piece is that it has the typical "Digital will winz, RAWR!" undercurrent, which is simplistic at best, and selective (and privileged) at worst. Limited views at costs, models, and so on. In other words, nothing I haven't been reading for almost a year elsewhere on the web.

There are much better pieces out there that weigh the pros and cons of both sides fairly, and take a deeper look at the industry overall. Unfortunately, I'm in the middle of final crunch (finally), which means I don't have time to dig them up right now.

But yeah, mostly one-note, IMO.

Sean M. Murphy said...

Fiar enough, gentlemen. And yet, I think there is a large readership for whom the attitude of this piece is spot on, and which informs their reading and buying decisions. (Yes, Doug, I agree that a substantial subset of them may be privileged, but they are also an influential readership, which brings the head back to the tail of the argument.)

I don't particularly agree with the article that the digital publishing world will win out in any absolute fashion, but neither do I think the printed page will remain in anything like its current model. It's where the equilibrium will establish that I'm curious about.