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To: Stock Puppy who wrote (160608)2/1/2010 12:27:31 PM
From: Sam Citron
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Book publishers are still calling the shots these days. What has happened recently in the music business must terrify them. Lately they have been seen as losing their clout so the Amazon news is an important symbolic victory for them. It's never easy to have such a powerful customer as Bezos and today they are celebrating a rare victory.

Yes, digital books are much cheaper to publish than paper ones. Now that these costs are declining, the squabble is all about who should get the surplus: the author, publisher, or book seller? It's also about price elasticity of demand and perceived value of e-books versus paper books.

The landscape is shifting rapidly and both Jobs and Bezos have rewritten the rules of the road. Google meanwhile is the 400 lb. gorilla in the room.

Both Bezos and Jobs would love to become e-publishers and get rid of the middlemen. But they are not in the business of commissioning works (providing upfront payment to authors) or providing editing services. Both of these are likely to remain core publishing functions for some time to come.

Sam

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To: Sam Citron who wrote (160610)2/1/2010 12:36:39 PM
From: Sr K
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Do you expect amazon.com to sell the iPad?

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To: Sam Citron who wrote (160610)2/1/2010 12:38:56 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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But they are not in the business of commissioning works (providing upfront payment to authors)

Amazon does have the self-publishing option:

amazon.com

Editing formatting etc all in the hands of the author.

Maybe where it should really be.

Of course i don't think most established authors would go that route :-).

Maybe the new ones in the pipeline though...

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To: Sr K who wrote (160611)2/1/2010 12:53:35 PM
From: Sam Citron
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Of course. Just as Amazon sells every other Apple physical product, and most digital ones as well.

I would also expect Jobs to allow a Kindle app for the iPad.

And I would expect the Justice department to actively examine and enforce antitrust laws in this space. When Jobs is quoted in the WSJ as saying the price of an eBook will be the same on an iPad and the Kindle that raises certain questions of collusion and anti-competitive behavior.

Sam

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To: Sam Citron who wrote (160613)2/1/2010 1:09:16 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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... would be interesting if the price is the same or varies according to whether it was purchased using the iPad app (via iTunes perhaps) or if there would be a difference when using the iPad Kindle app.

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To: Stock Puppy who wrote (160612)2/1/2010 1:18:03 PM
From: Sam Citron
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Self-publishing is a very different model from the normal publishing route. These authors are new or perceived as not having an established market for their works. Such authors are generally eager to establish their reputations, so eager that they have traditionally been willing to front the expenses for "vanity presses". Kindle books priced between 0 and $1 now provide a reasonable platform for much broader distribution of such works while imposing no costs upon the author.

Ultimately Amazon has made an unparalleled investment in warehouses and logistics for delivery of physical goods. Google has made a similar investment in servers and logistics for the speedy delivery of relevant digital information. Apple's forte has traditionally been in developing and selling devices for downloading and displaying digital information. But, like Amazon, it has been migrating more and more into the content business. It will be interesting to see how it all shakes out. Anybody who pretends to know is a fool.

Sam

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To: Sam Citron who wrote (160615)2/1/2010 3:23:29 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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traditionally been willing to front the expenses for "vanity presses". Kindle books priced between 0 and $1 now provide a reasonable platform for much broader distribution of such works while imposing no costs upon the author.


WIll be interesting to see how and if Apple handles these new/unestablished authors for their book distribution.


Will they treat e-books like apps - they'll need a bunch of reviewers - the mind boggles - Apple hiring English majors? :-)

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To: Sam Citron who wrote (160615)2/2/2010 2:53:23 PM
From: Stock Puppy
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Interesting article re: e-book prices:

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From: JakeStraw2/3/2010 7:57:28 AM
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Amazon may again be mulling Netflix buy

Netflix is on a roll and the Journal speculates that Web's top video-rental service may be an acquisition target. But what would Amazon be buying?
ct.cnet.com

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From: Sr K2/18/2010 9:31:12 PM
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Jeff Bezos sold 2,000,000 shares, about 2.1% of his AMZN, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Probably just his routine selling for "diversification".

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