I know you're fairly sharp-eyed, and I know you'll have noticed I've created a new sidebar - EBOOK FORMATTERS. There's only one link at present - but with your help - I'm sure it will grow.
This is the first post of what I envisage will be many discussing aspects of ebook production, distribution, promotion and sales.
It is a vast and rapidly expanding area of endeavour - though equally it is a rapidly settling, or maturing, sector of the publishing business.
Having achieved lift-off with the unpaid-for help of an army of not so cynical independent writers - whom have bug-tested Amazon's direct publishing platform, and have given the system a certain measure of credence - Amazon's Kindle programme (in the States) now seems to be turning away from the independents who fuelled its lift-off and is now courting what were termed until recently, Legacy Publishers.
Legacy publishers were those companies deemed too slow, too stupid, too cynical, too conservative, too stubborn, to sense the benefits of jumping from the cold shower of narrowing margins and the current fiscal crisis into the warm bath of growth, reduced overheads, increased margins and profits.
Well, having watched Amazon avoid a possible train wreck scenario, and having watched all the eager beaver independents experiment with pricing points and social networking driven sales campaigns, the larger publishers are now properly testing the waters - some still dressed in bathing suits and with water-wings - but they're wading in and in increasing numbers.
And, most importantly, Amazon are positioning themselves as a publisher.
Indie writers are already experiencing the impact of this. SEE Dan Holloway's (author of the bestselling The Company of Fellows) comments on this HERE.
Not convinced that falling sales of one title can be safely attributed wholly to the rising (discounted) sales of other titles - that's kneejerk analysis. I mention Dan's reaction only to illustrate how some indie writers perceive the bigger publishers' dabblings in what, until recently, had been seen as, if not level, then an almost even market.
In a future post I'll explore the differences between ebook markets in the USA, the UK, Europe and Asia.
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