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Comment: Re:A very grave collapse that can't be stopped. (Score 1) 465

by rleesBSD (#42563157) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
The paper is not a very big deal, but unsold inventory is a huge deal. The way publishing works is that the bookstores put their stuff physically on the shelves only when there's an agreement to buy back everything that doesn't sell at a whopping fifty percent discount. That's most of the waste in the system. Book paper is pretty cheap (I can run my 300 page novel in 5,000 volume batches at about a buck, U.S. )

Comment: Re:Price driven... (Score 1) 465

by rleesBSD (#42563055) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
A solution might be to "stream" books over the web, rather than distribute them as files. I guess you'd still have the authorization hassles. The files are a problem. Publishers figure the files are way too easy to redistribute, and so they just add some cushion to the price to cover lost sales. But, it seems like I see more 99 cent offerings than $9.99 ones. I'm not sure where you're shopping. DRM is declining, because it severely restricts device compatibility.

Comment: Re:Nostalgia (Score 1) 465

by rleesBSD (#42562975) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
"Formatting in physical books tends to be far better..." Yes, I can attest to that statement! It's entirely a nightmare to do the formatting, when producing ebooks. I've written one particular ebook that I would put in the nightmare category, as it was overflowing with diagrams, and almost impossible to do in kindle. The epub variant didn't do too badly, but still was not optimal...

Comment: Re:I don't know (Score 1) 465

by rleesBSD (#42562873) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
"So, give me the paper book that I can buy without telling what I had for breakfast and how my mother's milk tasted." -- Don't forget to add "your favorite underwear color" to the authorization requirements! Yes - I prefer the paperback, like you. It's very anonymous, especially if paying with cash. In terms of lending books, Amazon now offers some titles with "lending" authorization.

Comment: Re:Love my kindle and my Nexus 7 (Score 1) 465

by rleesBSD (#42562575) Attached to: Death of Printed Books May Have Been Exaggerated
Yes, the DRM thing sucks. But, as an author who has published several books, I can tell you that the publishers don't have a clue about how to make this new market work to every persons benefit. Too many people are dishonest. I originally put my volumes out on the market in two tiers :
  • 1 ) A creative commons, non-commercial use, no derivatives tier.
  • 2 ) A commercial tier (usually the paperback).

My idea was that the ebook version could be bought, and the freebie would drive sales to the commercial version. I know that most people still prefer paper. Well, guess what happened? In spite of the creative commons non-com/no-derivative license, all kinds of shysters came out of the woodwork, took the free ebook version, and sold it in PAPERBACK form for more than my LIST PRICE!!!! They plastered their ads all over the internet! I can't really say I'd do that again, except for a book from which I expect no revenue.

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