Tuesday Midday Publishing Links: Enhanced EBooks?
Some guy at CNET fancies himself a writer or something. This execrable piece is either mocking or praising Harlequin’s move on the Japanese Nintendo DS platform. It’s hard to say because the writing is so bad.
That’s why her thyroid pounded like a murderous hippopotamus’ conscience when she heard that Harlequin Books, publisher of such romantic novels as “Tough To Tame” and “His Convenient Virgin Bride,” was to be the first non-Japanese publisher to be inserted into Nintendo DS in Japan.
Plagiarism Today asks a provocative question: Is adblocking a form of piracy? I haven’t thought this all the way through yet, but I think its kind of interesting. The question was prompted by an Ars Technica experiment. Ars coded the site so that anyone running an adblocker would see a blank page. Those who whitelisted the domain or had a paid subscription would continue to see the content.
However, ad blocking essentially short circuits that model. Since the ads are never loaded, the site pays for the content, bandwidth and server costs to deliver the material to the reader but never has a chance to recoup the costs. In short, every person who blocks ads on a site is a mathematical loss for the site, albeit a small one.
In an effort to maximize the digital platform, publishers are looking to a thing called “enhanced ebooks.” The idea is that the publisher will include more content and then be able to charge a higher price. The latest iteration is David Baldacci’s Deliver Us from Evil which will include a video tour of his office. You pay a $1.00 more to get access to this video so $15.99 for the book + video or $14.99 for just the ebook. What do you think? Would you pay more for exclusive video?
Barnes and Noble is giving away free content for nook owners if you come to their store.
Here’s an excerpt: “In addition to this B&N blog post, this week’s eBook Showcase enables Nook owners to download a free essay by Skloot if they bring their Nook into a B&N store, through the company’s “More in Store” program.”
SB Sarah really hates the iRex. Apparently you can only control the device using the stylus meaning that it’s a required two handed operation most of the time. Further, there is no place to store the stylus on the device itself which is a huge design fail in my opinion and in Sarah’s. Read more of her review here.
Mike Shatzkin blogs about the rise of the niches and the challenges general publishers will likely have in the future, particularly if there is a loss of a major physical bookselling chain. Shatzkin’s thesis also applies to a move toward internet purchasing, whether it be digital or paper.
So for just about all the books that aren't novels, memoirs, celebrity-driven, or epic works of popular history or politics, trade publishers are increasingly handicapped. Unfortunately for them, things are going to get worse.
The obvious problem is that the capacity of the general trade market to merchandise and move product is diminishing.
Last week, Publishers Weekly had a headline about Amazon which I thought was sensational and misleading given that the Amazon buy buttons for Diamond Comic books were removed due to publisher data. This week, PW’s headline for Hachette is not just misleading, it’s wrong. Hachette isn’t launching social media sites, it’s opening accounts on existing social media platforms. It would be akin to me signing up for twitter and then announcing here that I launched Twitter.
I thought it was interesting that this week’s NY Times mass market bestseller list did not have one romance in the top 5. I wonder if this means that romance readers tend to buy around the release date more than any other type of reader.
I can’t remember if I blogged this before and if I did, sorry for the repetition. Pink Floyd won the right to prevent EMI from selling its songs unbundled. Pink Floyd argued that its contract protected the ‘artistic integrity’ of the album. As commenters noted, Pink Floyd’s artistic integrity was repeatedly violated by the single play of songs on the radio but it’s an interesting argument.