It’s a multi-person discussion and here are some snippets:
Eventually all the content in the world will be digitized and available everywhere in the world in that format. It will be downloaded in one way or another -- either to be read online or to be printed in book form by Espresso or similar devices. [Jason Epstein]As I said, it’s a long piece, but very interesting. So, feel free to leap over and make it your Sunday read.
Books will be cheaper; more [money] will go to the author; and the publisher will get a better break. But those are the ultimate effects; there will be a lot of static between now and then. [Jason Epstein]
Word-of-mouth has always been the best way to sell a book -- and the web represents the word-of-mouth medium in spades. There's never been anything like it. [Dane Neller]
There's much too much overhead and complexity. There's too much unnecessary management. Lawyers get in the way of everything. That can't last. Digitization I think will inevitably have to replace it. [Epstein]
One opinion is that print books will not disappear, which is good news for most of us who love to hold the physical book. But there does seem to be a consensus that digitalization is the future and it will result in bigger profits for both the writer and the publisher.
What do you think? With more and more writers self-publishing, can publishers remain king of the publishing hill?