Release date decisions spark debate
Earlier this week, I wrote about some recent expressions of concern or alarm (you decide) about e-books. Events have unfolded quickly in the three days since, as Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group and (yesterday) HarperCollins announced plans to delay the release of e-book formats for some front-list titles.
This has generated a good deal of discussion among friends, colleagues and industry observers. Five potentially useful links:
- Kassia Krozser, posting on BookSquare, dissects the thinking and favors simultaneous release
- Mike Cane, posting on The eBook Test, argues forcefully for a new paradigm
- Michael Cairns, (re)posting on Personanondata, shows how the current situation was predicted and predictable
- Todd Sattersten, an author and reviewer, on losing sight of customers
- At paidContent.org, James McQuivey of Forrester Research builds an argument based on his view of the future of content pricing.
I am sure there are others; feel free to post useful links in comments.