The eBook future
- In the coming years publishers historically involved with paper printing
processes will accelerate publishing digitized versions of their titles,
commonly called eBooks, and directly sell them via online downloads through
keyword advertising in channels such as Google Print. They will at the
same time be preserving relationships with brick-and mortar book dealers
for sale of paper-printed titles. Publishers will experiment with eBook
pre-, co- and post-release of paper-printed versions. The electronic versions
of the books will be read through a variety of electronic devices such
as conventional desktop or laptop computers, PDAs or eBook readers.
- Eventually, for certain types of titles, eBook authors and publishers
will maximize margins by bypassing both book dealers and libraries
due to the reach, creativity and leveling effect of search engine firms.
They will provide quick preview periods (flip through the pages) then rent
their eBooks directly to the public on a time-metered basis -- with an
option to purchase. This model could be less attractive for expensive in-print
illustrated art books often bought with ornamental motives.
- For in-print and out-of-print art books publishers will cautiously
experiment with eBook and print-on-demand technology due to complex copyright
issues relating to images in the books.
- Beyond eBooks, publishers will soon sell assortments of full screen
images of art works that cycle on HDTV screens, bringing additional beauty
and culture to living areas for some, while providing others an opportunity
to show-off a new, large and expensive acquisition -- and their appreciation
of fine art.
- Commercial Ventures
- The eBook future
- Related Non-Profit Organizations
- Methods and Costs
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