We’ve talked about Stephen King releasing his e-book Blockade Billy a month before Scribner put out the hardcover version. He also released a story exclusively for Kindle.
Now comes novelist Ryu Murakami will release his latest novel exclusively through Apple’s iPad before the print version comes out.
The digital package will include video content and set to music composed by Academy Award winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, according to the Japanese business daily Nikkei.Some authors, like business expert Steven Covey, are taking away backlist titles that traditional provide print publishers with a constant stream of revenue. Covey has granted Amazon “exclusive e-book rights for two of his best-selling books for one year.”
According to the Wall Street Journal,
The new equation, in theory, would give authors a bigger chunk of royalties. Mr. Murakami said his initial goal of 5,000 downloads would cancel out the investment costs, and if the plan is approved, Apple will receive 30% of the revenue with the rest to be parsed among Mr. Murakami, Mr. Sakamoto and the software company, according to the Nikkei.Whether you publish solely e-books or a combination of print and e, what do you think of this bypassing of tradition print by big name authors?