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Saturday, 24 October 2009

WHILE THE DIGITAL READING WAR CONTINUED PAPER BOOKS MAKE A COMEBACK

At the same time this eBook reader war has been capturing media attention, a price war has been brewing over paper books. Walmart has cut best-selling hardcover prices to $10 from their normal $24 price tags. Amazon (the same place that sells $9.99 eBooks and the $259 Kindle) has matched Walmart’s prices. Target, not to be outdone, has started pitching selected $9 hardcovers. Add to this the fact that most consumers cherish the flexibility of paper books—the ability to write in them, paste sticky notes in them, lend them to friends, and resell them when they are done with them—and the traditional book market is looking like it could make a comeback with consumers as well.

These two trends are combining into big concerns for both eBook reader makers and book sellers. Cash-strapped consumers may very well bypass eBook readers when paper books sell for the same prices as eBooks. Meanwhile, book publishers and sellers are worried that these price wars will kill off their businesses, ensuring no one makes any money in the book business. Oddly, eBook reader innovations have the potential to kill both the book and eBook reader businesses. full story

6 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Although I'd love to see the paper book market pick up, the price wars ain't gonna do much for the authors, who are already making little enough as it is.

ARCHAVIST said...

Yep Charles - the creators seem to be forgotten in all this.

David Cranmer said...

Plus how low can the price of books go before the bottom falls out? Though, for the time being $9 harcovers is a steal and I'm there.

David Cranmer said...

Btw I'm seeing the cover to your new book for the first time. Dig it as the Fab Four would say.

ARCHAVIST said...

David - glad to see you back.

Oscar said...

See the hartlineliteraryagency.blogspot.comfor new developments on this. This is From the Heart Blog of Joyce Hart. It's listed on the right side of my blog, BlogginCurly, under blogs I follow.