According to a Reuters article, book publishers are discussing the coming changes and are determined not to make the mistakes the music business made years back. They seem to all agree on this:
… the big change will come when there is a standard format across which all e-books can be published and shared.I am all for that!
David Shanks, chief executive of leading publisher Penguin Group USA, said:
"Our fondest wish is that all the devices become agnostic so that there isn't proprietary formats and you can read wherever you want to read," Shanks told Reuters. "First we have to get a standard that everybody embraces."According to the article, the cost of printing a book is a minor cost. The big bucks are spent on developing an author’s work and marketing it. Eileen Gittins of Blurb, which helps authors and companies self-publish, said:
"The book publishing industry is becoming more blockbuster focused.”To me, that sounds like it will be harder for new authors to get published, unless they have a blockbuster book, a huge platform and a marketing plan in place.
Change is coming.