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Is It Really The End For Ebook Sales?

I’ve seen a lot of yammering online lately about how ebook sales are supposed to be plummeting, sending the literary world into chaos.

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Yes, those gluttonous ebooks that were first predicted to be an utter flop, were originally notoriously over-priced by the big publishing houses out of fear the electronic menace will run them out of business, but now they find arguments to convince themselves those inflated prices are not only a good idea, but also a fiscal necessity.

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Those once aberrations that suddenly turned the publishing world upside down in a most unflattering way and opened up a new world where anyone with a computer can become a self-published author.

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They changed the face of publishing attitudes across the world.  The vilified “vanity press” is a cry I haven’t heard for some time now.  Nor have I seen the unabashed vicious online attacks against the morals and personality of anyone who would dare even utter the words “self publish” in a quiet whisper.

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Suddenly, to both the pleasure and horror of readers, authors, and publishers alike, the ebook market has exploded in a horrific after-image of the dot com crises.

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There are literally millions of ebooks being published daily around the globe, from dreadful to wonderful, from free to obnoxiously priced; all with a wild abandon never seen before.

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The originators of the book publishing world have rolled over in their graves and hidden their faces in horror.  Or perhaps they are laughing their asses off at us all.

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There was a lot of early speculation on how ereaders would fare.  They were and still are over priced.  And now smart phones and tablets can do all that ereaders could and much more while often being even more portable.

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So, while ereader sales did pick up, they may have dropped off in favor of more entertaining and smaller electronic toys that are a small step away from being personal mini-computers that also happen to have phones in them.

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And the sudden explosion in ebook sales very likely has dropped off as so many speculators suggest.

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It’s like any of the newest of the new, the best thing that all the cool kids have to have.  Remember the original Furby?  Cabbage Patch dolls?  The Tickle Me Elmo craze?

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They were new and everybody thought they were awesome and everyone had to have one because they were convinced that everybody else already did.

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Demand exploded, shoppers rioted and fought over insufficient stock, and eventually the hub died down and sales levelled off to normal volumes.

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The products were the same and everybody still wanted them, but the excitement of the newest toy wore off.

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The big difference is that ebooks are not mass manufactured then shipped en mass to the waiting public to pick up in the stores.  It’s a single item uploaded and copied over and over and over for as many times as people want it.

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A limitless supply.

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The craze happened and everyone bought into it.  Without limits people could snag up incredible numbers of ebooks of all kinds.

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Like all crazes it was only a matter of time before the dust settled and cooler heads prevailed.  Excitement fades and readers suddenly realize they have thirty unread books waiting for them and after spending all that money they’d better read at least a few before buying more.

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I do believe the rumours that sales may have plummeted could very well be true.  Or perhaps it would be best described as an end to panic shopping in fear someone else might get to that last Elmo doll first.

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Now maybe we’ll see what the reality of ebook sales will be.

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Ebook Price Fixing?

Can a multi-billion dollar corporation commit price fixing even in an open market where prices are currently running wildly out of control in the hands of millions of self-publishing authors competing against small and large publishers alike?

 

You tell me:

http://www.canada.com/business/Apple+guilty+books+price+fixing+judge+rules/8640858/story.html

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