In Part 4, he talked more about “cmmtr,” the code allowing e-readers to comment on books and share those comments with others. According to Robb’s “history,” in 2013, author Sheryl Blain hosted the first cmmtr-enabled book reading and answered questions from readers around the world. Her publisher followed that up with a special edition of her book that was such a huge hit, it changed the way e-books are done.
Part 5 covers Robb’s vision of a possible 2014, the year when the future of cmmtr was hashed out and the Living Book came into fruition and standardization.
For those of us who would consider ourselves mid-list authors, apparently in 2014, we’ll owe thanks to Stephen King.
Later in 2014, famed author Stephen King garnered a fair share of media attention when he announced that he was going to digitally self publish a novella, The Terror of Tara. King decided to sell the book in multiple formats and at multiple price points …Part 6 covers what “happened” in 2015.
The work, a scant 30,000 words, was rumored to have earned over a million dollars in sales and drew attention to the rising group of “middle class authors.” Though nothing new, the media certainly seemed intrigued that authors much smaller than King were able to earn a living selling their writing online.
The primary focus of the major publisher fell into a few key areas: gathering and maintaining readers and finding the best books to provide those readers. The major publishers had gone from content providers to content curators.Robb sees 2015 as “the year of the Price Wars.”
He closed out the recap of 2015 with this:
By the end of the year, the number of micropublishers would measure in the hundreds.This is a fun series of posts to read. The future’s not set in stone, but it’s interesting to dream and envision what the book world might become over the next ten years. Link over and read the series.