Day: June 16, 2008

Irish publishers’ mission, according to Tony Farmar

Eoin Purcell

Spotted on The Quillblog
This gem from Tony Farmar:

Our problem now is to move [Irish publishers’ market share] from 15% to 50%

In some senses he is right and in others he is wrong. It would be wonderful for Irish publishers to control 50% of the Irish book market. That much is uncontested.

But I think Tony’s words may have been taken a little out of context (NOTE: I don’t know though, as I wasn’t there) because the 85% of the market that is described as being held by British publishers, is held by international publishers and our chances of shifting that share are limited.

Still, I do think we can go toe to toe on a project by project basis. We need to choose the right books, the right authors and the right time for sure, but there is no reason why even small Irish publishers cannot deliver superior products and promotion for lead titles.

Let’s see what Autumn brings
Eoin

Am I missing something?

Eoin Purcell

I saw this today
It’s a site for a new book called Here Ends The Beginning, using a new platform called Quillr.

ReadWriteWeb has some discussion. I’m not very impressed I have to admit. I don’t see this working, but give it a look for yourself.

On the other hand
I do like both of these efforts for the very interesting Exact Editions:
Sawdays have launched digital access to their books via Exact Editions Book Publishers Platform. I rather like the way it looks and access for a year is very reasonably priced too.

And Exact Editions also launched access to Debrett’s Peerage & Baronetage as well. Again, the pricing is reasonable.

As a general point, the reasonableness of these online access prices makes a mockery of some of the e-book download prices I’ve seen.

Worth checking out all three, but if someone can see the first working, write and let me know how!
Eoin