Sunday, July 06, 2008

E-BOOKS' TIME HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!

BEACON FLASH # 29 - JULY 2008

Electronic book readers caused a stir in June at BookExpo America, as well as some angst amongst print publishers. This follows the huge demand for Amazon's KindleTM that debuted last fall in the US, but not yet in Canada. With over 80,000 e-titles now available, observers are betting that acceptance for e-books has finally arrived. Simon & Schuster thinks so too--they are adding 5,000 titles to their e-book list this year.

Random House and Penguin Group USA, amongst others, have equipped all their sales reps with e-readers to reduce the number of print books they have to carry around. Even some editors and agents are using it to read submitted manuscripts. Read the full article in The New York Times at http://tinyurl.com/622exc.


What does this mean to aspiring authors who are seeking publication?

  • Electronic rights clauses in publishing contracts need to be read and negotiated very carefully.
  • This sea-change will, no doubt, soon modify how we submit full manuscripts to agents and editors.
  • Self-pubbed authors must start learning new promotional techniques and pathways to market their e-titles.
  • And, we need to discover the way to get our e-books into online e-booksellers’ catalogues - think iTunes and Amazon. To date Amazon will not accept e-books from non-US residents. Boo!