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Mark Cokers 21 predictions for 2013

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… in which he states that e-books will pass print books in number next year and which e-book source will make the largest gain in sales. Which one? You might be surprised.
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Interesting.
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Re: Mark Cokers 21 predictions for 2013

Postby shadowwalker » Mon Dec 24, 2012 10:33 am

Some funny, others wishful thinking. Had to smile at the price of ebooks declining - unless he figures authors no longer see 'making a living at writing' as a goal - or even 'making money at writing' as one. Personally, I hope the price increases to reflect their value - much better for authors that way.

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Postby shadowwalker » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:03 pm

This idea that ebooks should be cheaper than print is really a myth. Other than the actual printing/distribution costs (widely accepted as about 10% of the total), all other costs are the same. Add in all the formatting that has to be done for the various e-readers, and even that difference decreases. Publishers still have to pay acquisition costs; still have to pay editing costs; still have to pay marketing costs; still have to pay publicity costs; still have to pay all the same costs as they do for the print versions - so why is there this belief that ebooks are somehow that much cheaper to produce?

Because self-publishers decided to practically give away their hard work (or do give it away) just to get their names out there. And by now, that marketing ploy is so widespread, cheap price doesn't mean anything as far as 'publicity'. Everybody loses.
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Postby TerryRodgers » Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:26 pm

I found some numbers from Bowker. In 2011, the number of SP printed books (not ebooks) was 148,000 which represented 43% of the traditional print. So that would mean 344,000 total number of books (traditional and SP) released. The rest of the numbers in the article are a little confusing so I don't have the exact amount of ebooks that were SP.



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