It seems that there’s more news in the realm of digital publishing every day. Whether it’s publishers partnering with Scribd.com or Hachette giving away books for free on their site, things are moving at a rapid pace.
On Monday, WSJ ran an article about Sourcebooks not releasing a big fall title of theirs on ebook simultaneously with the hardcover. Their fear is that they’ll lose hardcover sales, and the agent on the book, Richard Curtis (who I might mention is an epublisher, himself), agreed. Robert Gottlieb also chimed in, saying he doesn’t allow simultaneously ebook release if at all possible (and with his biggest clients, I’m sure that can be controlled), comparing that to releasing a movie and DVD on the same day. And Random House still hasn’t announced it if will release Dan Brown’s latest in ebook, and I have a feeling they won’t. Unfortunately, I think these guys are missing the point. This isn’t the same argument as when to release a paperback. At this point, with ereaders costing what they do, readers who have invested in them are going to buy the ebook or nothing else. I truly believe they’re losing sales by not making the book available, and it’s a shame. Kassia Krozser has more to say about this on her blog, too.
At the Digitalist, the Pan Macmillan blog, they make an interesting argument for DRM — or at least a certain kind of DRM. Thoughtful and concise, it’s worth a read. As they mention, simplifying DRM is all about making the customer happy.
As always, I love to hear your thoughts!