As a new writer who has yet to publish anything, the question is a bit different for me than Mr. Eisler or Mr. Konrath, but many of their points are applicable to me as well as all of you unpublished and published writers out there. A few of their major points that struck me are:
- Amazon sold more digital books in 2010 than paperback
- People aren’t leaving digital for paper, they are leaving paper for digital because digital is cheaper
- Paper isn’t going to disappear. It’s going to become marginalized just like when electricity replaced candles, cars replaced carriages and cds replaced vinyl records. *This has been one of the things I pondered. Will paper disappear? The conversation between Mr. Eisler and Mr. Konrath made me see I was asking the wrong question. It’s not will paper books disspear but will they become marginalized, and all the trends we are seeing say, yes. Mr. Konrath says paper will become the niche and digital will become the norm, and frankly, I agree with this.
- Publishers offer a 25% royalty on e-books, but Mr. Eisler and Mr. Konrath say it is actually 14.9 % that the author ends up getting. Why would I settle for that when I can get much more self publishing?
I would love to hear all of your thoughts and opinions on this fascinating topic.
The Marchioness of Mayhem