Over on A Newbies Guide to Publishing, Joe Konrath argues against the notion of an ebook bubble. He quite rightly points out that a bubble simply doesn't make sense in this context. What's clearly happening is that ebooks are growing as paper books decline and anyone crying bubble is probably just looking for a way to deny that fact.
But that argument sort of misses the point. Ebooks vs. paper books is just a format war. And anyone who's into computers must be used to those by now. The bigger issues involve distribution and pricing.
On The Technium Kevin Kelly posits the 99 cent book. Some of which already exist as a result of Amazon's Kindle publishing platform. The key here is his math. Kelly comes to the same conclusion I have, which is unless you're a big name author you'll make as much money per book selling your ebook for 99 cents as you will selling a paper back at market rates.
And if the ebook market continues to grow as it has been, you'll make more money selling that ebook direct through Kindle rather than going through a publisher. Good for readers certainly and not necessarily bad for authors either. Though it may put even more emphasis on marketing.
Now all I have to do is get off my rear and actually start writing that web series I've been working on...
- eBooks Really Are Getting Cheaper! (geardiary.com)
- eBook Lending Takes Off, Worries Publishers (huffingtonpost.com)
- Why some ebooks cost more than the hardcover (teleread.com)
- Best Android eBook Readers (madrasgeek.com)
- I Was Wrong, Konrath Was Right (writeitforward.wordpress.com)