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#1 S.K. Keogh

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Posted 12 March 2012 - 07:46 PM

This does not surprise me: http://www.telegraph...ales-slump.html

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:17 AM

Yeah, I'm not surprised at all. I think before long, all print books will be POD (even via big publishers).

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 08:47 AM

I must confess that I have not bought a printed book in two years but last year I bought at least 26 e - books. It is fast and convenient. :wink:

But considering that a good part of readers prefers the traditional way, it is still hope left for the printed book for a short while. Of course for the younger generation, paper, is a fish out of waters. :unsure:

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 10:01 AM

As an aside, I find the language to be both confusing and possibly amusing.

Britons bought 7.6 million novels over the first eight weeks of 2012, almost two and a half million fewer than they bought in the opening weeks of 2011, new figures show.


Putting aside snide comments about be divided by a common language, I have no idea what that actually means. Is that a net figure including ebooks and printed books or does it represent only printed books? Based on the subtitle, "sales of printed novels have fallen by a quarter in the first two months of this year" it appears that the Telegraph's James Hall is referring to only printed books, but if so, what is a novel delivered as an ebook to be called in his lexicon?

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 06:15 PM

Yeah, I'm not surprised at all. I think before long, all print books will be POD (even via big publishers).


Yeah, after listening to my publisher explain why they do POD, I can't figure out why the "big boys" continue to do business the way they do. As Tom Petty once sang, "The future's wide open."

I must confess that I have not bought a printed book in two years but last year I bought at least 26 e - books. It is fast and convenient. :wink:


Same practice here with me! Only time I buy a dead tree book is usually something for research that isn't available as an e-book.

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