Day: July 29, 2010

Go Read This | Delusions, Illusions, and the True Costs of Digital Publishing « The Scholarly Kitchen

Clever stiff this. Kent is on the money when he points to the payment for access to information rising rapidly but the people collecting it aint the creators.

I was struck by this today when reading of HBO’s 5-Year £150 Million deal with BSkyB. When will an access provider see fit to buy guaranteed rights to quality content online? And when they do will it herald the end of the open web as we have known it?

Instead, we’re entering a realm of high fixed costs that have to be spread over a longer timeframe, which must be recouped while new charges are accumulating from maintenance and enhancement activities. And as editorial and management costs migrate from a hybrid print/online budget (in many organizations, costs are still presumptively print), the fixed costs for digital will only increase.

Then, publishers, authors, and retailers will have to absorb the reality of a digital-dominant model. My guess is that pricing will increase dramatically across the board as the fixed costs, talent costs, and full-on business expenses have to be met by digital business.

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Quick Link | 21st Century Book Publishing Problem « Mike Cane’s iPad Test

This is a not improbable outcome of the future development of digital publishing. Mike Cane is thinking pretty far ahead here, it’s worth reading and thinking about!

Oddly enough  met someone today whose vision it is to make sure these kinds of problems go away for digital content and digital intellectual property.

In five years, the contract Publisher A had for the book expires. Publisher A no longer has the right to offer that book.

The way lawyers work, Publisher A will have to remove that book from its servers.

Your book goes POOF!

This should not happen.

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