Newspapers are dying, are books next?

Newspapers are dying – that is irrefutable at this point.  Published books might be next on the chopping block., the giant online bookstore, sold more of their e-books, which are read on their Kindle, digital, hand-held book readers, on Christmas Day this year than real books. 

There are a lot of other similar devices.  All of them sold well this Christmas.  Readers can now download books, newspapers and magazines and read them at their leisure, on these devices.

The question to ponder now is why do authors even need publishers?  Now they can sell their books online as downloads and pocket all the money.

And think about how much money students could save on textbooks – and how many trees we could save in the process. 

Publishers are fighting back, according to the Washington Post.  “Publishers have ignored this demand. In response, several conglomerates have aggressively moved to protect their legacy. Macmillan recently announced a plan to delay the publication of e-books and offer enhancements that will justify a higher price. This tactic is aimed at Amazon’s policy of trying to set $9.99 as the expected price for an e-book.”

The publishers are going to lose this battle, just as the music labels lost their market to the online music sellers, such as ITunes.  Sure, they will keep making money, but a lot less of it.  They will have to embrace becoming nother more than distributors.

The public will win out in the end.  As will freedom of expression.  Think about it.  Anyone will be able to publish a book now.  The marketplace will decide if the e-books are worth buying and reading…

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