eBookNewser Readers Decry Delays

SnS.gifWhen eBookNewser wrote about Simon & Schuster and Hachette’s plans to delay the eBook release of many frontlist titles, our readers responded with some passionate thoughts about the future of eBook distribution. Here are a few choice comments…

Debbie Stier raised the important issue of nonfiction timing–a loss for both traditional print books and delayed eBooks: “what about the concept of an ebook first–why is no one talking about that? With interactivity, if appropriate. One of many major problems I see with book publishing today is how long it takes to bring a book to market. Non-fiction books can lose relevance during that long process if they are topical. Anything shorter than 6 months from transmitting a manuscript to publication is consider a ‘crash’ and expensive.”

Bear Mountain Books added: “I’d like to see ‘innovative’ solutions rather than clinging to the old business model–especially when that business model hasn’t been working all that well of late anyway. As has been mentioned, the music and film businesses provide a lot of examples of things tried. It would be nice to see some movement forward–ways that they take less of a loss on ‘most’ books and new, better ways to not only make money–but keep readers buying fast and furious.”

Guy LeCharles Gonzalez concluded: “There’s a lot of ebook-first (and ebook-only) in genre markets, especially for publishers with strong direct-to-consumer distribution channels, but it will be interesting to see how the big consumer publishers handle that. I suspect their dependence on Amazon and the $9.99 price point are a major issue there.”