Downer said he was concerned that publishers could go the same way of chain booksellers if e-book prices were driven down and the new technology damaged "supplier diversity".He urged publishers to join together and set the agenda rather than allow Apple, Amazon and Google to determine the future. He also advised publishers to create a free e-book reader so that once again the content is what excites readers, not the device.
So, I ask you: If you could get an eReader for free and publishers embraced eBooks and sold them at a competitive price, would that save the “book”? It also asks the question, would authors stop the mass exodus to self-publishing? Or would publishers have to come up with a more lucrative deal for writers?
I ask that last question because at the same conference, literary agents are also discussing the eBook, according to another article in The Bookseller.
Robert Gottlieb, chairman of the US literary agency Trident Media Group, warned that power is shifting from publishers to authors.
Publishers are frightened to death of the e-book market, because they see the opportunity for authors, that they did not have before.Will publishers embrace the change? Will they offer authors a higher eBook rate? Are they too late to stop the tsunami of authors moving to self-publishing?