Dec 17 2009
MediaBistro held an ebook summit for the past few days and there were some interesting tidbits released. One of the overriding themes of the summit was that the $9.99 price point was not sustainable. One panel suggested that ads were the best possible way for publishers of content (magazines and books) to offer a low price. I really, really dislike the idea of ads in fiction books.
The coverage of the eBook Summit was really interesting and I have some thoughts about Jane Friedman’s Open Road Media company that I’ll share on Sunday.
LA Weekly has an in depth article on gay romance. While I appreciate the coverage, I’m really frustrated by the concept that all gay romance fiction is hypersexualized and nothing more than porn.
(The first house to take the plunge, Running Press, sent out its initial raft of books just this year.) In many ways the growing popularity of gay romance represents nothing less than a tectonic shift in a culture that says women don’t (and shouldn’t) consume porn. Hot and steamy gay-romance literature is to women what Internet porn is to men: They get off on it, mostly in secret, and keep coming back for more.
My understanding was that the Running Press books that were initially released contained very restrained sexual scenes.
Publishing Perspectives has a fascinating interview with Disney’s Jeanne Mosure, Senior Vice President, Group Publisher, Disney Publishing Worldwide. Mosure talks about why Disney chose to go with the subscription model (single books weren’t viable and they didn’t want to compete with the physical retail market) and the differences between kids and teens (teens want ebooks).
Bowker released the findings of a new study which included facts that reflect not only the contracting economy but also the wide variety of home entertainment choices available to the consumer. According to Bowker, one in three Americans are buying fewer books due to the economy. More readers are swapping or buying used, particularly the female readers. Only a tiny percentage of consumers turn to books as a less expensive alternative to other forms of entertainment. (2.6%). The biggest danger to the fiction publishing industry is the decline in readership and other forms of entertainment such as video games, movies, music, and yes, social media.