Rich Adin

Time will create authorial greatness in the e-book era

By libertyc
February 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

Love or hate e-books, so many people at least have an opinion on the topic. Rich Adin at the blog An American Editor writes, “Are eBooks the Death Knell of Authorial Greatness?” Adin is an e-book reader, but he seems worried that authors may never be considered great again because of [...]

Morning Roundup: Links to start your day

By libertyc
September 10, 2012 // 0 Comments

Open-access research ‘catastrophic’ for Reed Elsevier [Paid Content] Government plans to make publicly-funded research available for free online will be great for citizens but terrible news for journal publishers. One could lose up to 60 percent of its profits, an analyst warns. Are [...]

The Tablet and Me: The Nook Tablet

By Rich Adin
April 9, 2012 // 3 Comments

For the past few months, Barnes & Noble has been offering deals on their Nooks if you purchased a 1-year digital subscription to the New York Times. I have been a long-time subscriber to the print version of the Times, but have been unhappy at the regular price increases for the print [...]

Amazon vs. Big Publishing: 800 lbs vs. 798 lbs.

By Rich Adin
February 8, 2012 // 15 Comments

Last week’s issue of Bloomberg’s Businessweek included an article titled Amazon’s Hitman. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is enlightening. The gist of the article is that Amazon is gearing up to challenge the publishing world on its own turf: the signing of and creation of big-name [...]

Ebooks as commodities? Redux

By Rich Adin
January 11, 2012 // 6 Comments

Followers of An American Editor read the previous post, eBooks: Has Amazon Turned eBooks into Commodities?, and probably groaned at my sacrilegious point of view while frantically shaking their heads “no, neither ebooks nor books are commodities.” The argument regarding the commoditization [...]

eBook Exclusivity — A Good or Bad Idea?

By libertyc
December 14, 2011 // 4 Comments

The answer really is “it depends.” It depends on who you are and where you are in the ebook world. Recently, Amazon started a program for its Prime members: they can borrow 1 ebook for free each month, choosing from a list of more than 30,000 titles (and the list is growing). The source of [...]

On Books: The Shine of the Internet in the World of eBooks

By libertyc
November 23, 2011 // 2 Comments

As all of An American Editor book reviews (which are listed at the end of this article) imply, the Internet has opened reading vistas for me that otherwise would never have happened. I find that as a result of the Internet and places like Smashwords, I am being exposed to authors and stories that [...]

How do you do it? Amazon vs. publishers (I)

By libertyc
October 24, 2011 // 5 Comments

I have been following the story regarding Amazon’s foray into publishing. It reminded me of an old (early 1960s) hit by Gerry and the Pacemakers called How Do You Do It? So let’s set the question with Gerry and the Pacemakers. As the song asks and says, “If I only knew, I’d do it to you.” [...]

Clashing perspectives: coming home to roost

By libertyc
August 30, 2011 // 1 Comment

Ewan Morrison wrote about the future of publishing from the publisher’s and author’s perspectives. I somewhat share his bleak, perhaps apocalyptic, outlook for the future of the publishing industry (see “Are Books Dead, and Can Authors Survive?“; for “outsider’s” perspective, see [...]

The business of books & publishing: changing the pattern

By libertyc
June 20, 2011 // 25 Comments

We see a lot of new ebooks being released that are riddled with editorial and formatting problems. From the publisher’s side, the problem is that to proofread ebooks after conversion, especially after OCR (scanning) conversion, is expensive — contrary to what the naysayers believe, it is not a [...]

Smashwords: will it ever get better filtering?

By libertyc
May 24, 2011 // 6 Comments

Smashwords has been one of my favorite places to shop for ebooks, but its filtering system is too limited (see, e.g., Smashwords: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Finding an eBook to Buy, and Finding the Needle in a Haystack of Needles (II): eBooksellers), which means it is losing a lot of sales to [...]

The buying conundrum: pbook or ebook?

By libertyc
May 16, 2011 // 13 Comments

In a recent post on the Teleread blog, Joanna, a contributor to Teleread, vented about being tired of pbooker’s “economic snobbery.” She wrote, If you read any ‘ebooks versus print books’ article, you’ll soon come across the print fetishists. These are people who acknowledge the rise [...]

In the era of ebooks, what is a book worth? (III)

By libertyc
May 4, 2011 // 16 Comments

Discussion among commenters regarding the prior two installments of this series, In the Era of eBooks, What Is a Book Worth? (I) and In the Era of eBooks, What Is a Book Worth? (II),continue to focus on interchangeability of authors, with some commenters agreeing with the idea and others (the [...]

In an era of ebooks, what is a book worth? (II)

By libertyc
April 27, 2011 // 8 Comments

The first article in this series of musings, In the Era of eBooks, What Is a Book Worth? (I), brought a lot of comment, particularly on blogs that reprinted it. Most commenters disagreed with me, and several of the commenters compared an author’s uniqueness and a book’s worth to a painting. [...]

Frustration in ebookville: will there be a Rubicon for publishers?

By libertyc
April 13, 2011 // 22 Comments

I’m one frustrated ebooker! I recently purchased several books in hardcover (The Eichmann Trial by Deborah E. Lipstadt and Bismarck: A Life by Jonathan Steinberg), which is (supposedly) what the publishers prefer I do. But although I bought hardcover versions for my library, I would like to do [...]

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