Day: May 24, 2008

Forbes Publishing and Amazon discussion

Eoin Purcell

Forbes tackled publishing and Amazon last week
And while I’m loathe to take serious a discussion that begin thusly:

Technology has disrupted every industry. Now, it’s book publishing’s turn.
Archaic beyond belief, it’s an industry that treats its most important asset–the author–badly. Can this go on?

It nevertheless has some decent points to make and is worth reading, even if many of the comments grate and overflow with bias.

Forbes are not alone
Indeed, The Bookseller ran a column by Laurence Obach this week that touched succinctly on the issue:

Returning to Amazon, it’s possible that their business model is flawed and can’t make money. I don’t believe that. Maybe taking a stand now will work wonders, but I’m a sceptic.

Amongst publishers, both Hachette and Bloomsbury clashed with Amazon over terms this year.

Amazon are beginning to unsettle me and if stories like this one are to be believed, The Kindle will be ipod like very shortly!

I don’t believe,
Eoin