Interesting paragraph in a very interesting piece by Richard Curtis:
More significantly, by electing not to print a book at all, these so-called legacy publishers put themselves in danger of losing the very thing that defines them. What profiteth a publisher to gain the world and lose its soul? Today Random House is a completely different species from independent e-book publishers like Open Road. But by becoming a pure e-book publisher, the playing field is leveled, and the difference between Random House and Open Road becomes simply one of scale.
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Ebooks open up some exciting possibilities too. For my Lithuanian book for A Year of Reading the World, I stumbled across an anthology produced by a cultural organisation in Lithuania and designed to bring extracts of Lithuanian writers’ work to an English-language audience. The low publishing costs and ease of distribution meant they could reach more people than ever before…