Morning Coffee – 13 April 2020
Here are a few stories to read this Monday morning.
- Publishers need to plan for how the pandemic is driving digital adoption, Mark Williams argues.
- Russel Nohelty launched an online con in only a week.
- If you want to learn more about WordPress, the Wordcamp Europe conference is going to be held online in June. It’s free!
- Douglas Preston argues that a job-destroying epidemic is no time to exploit writers.
- There’s a free online writer’s conference this coming weekend.
Disgusting Dude April 13, 2020 um 10:01 am
About Mr William’s post: print isn’t going away but the decline in volume will unavoidably lead to higher book prices, both print and digital, at the BPHs. Which will lead to lower volumes. It may not become a death spiral but tradpub share decline and more consolidation is coming. S&S won’t be the only tradpub on the clearance table.
Xavier Basora April 13, 2020 um 12:05 pm
No but it has to complement print. In the case of Spai a lotbofvthe small publishers don’t have plans to offer ebooks/audiobooks.
Seriously they’re flitering with suicide with the insistence to rely on bookstores.
And everyone in Spsin makes it so tough to buy their ebooks outside of Europe
They’re banking on the lifting of the lockdown and business will return to normal.
Disgusting Dude April 13, 2020 um 4:27 pm
It’s an old story: the publishers with the most to gain from going global with ebooks are the ones most fiercely opposed to ebooks. Spain has most of South and Central America, the caribbean, plus spanish speakers in the us. That is 400 million outside of spain and close to 50M in the US. Versus 47M in Spain itself.
Essentially they are closing themselves off from 90% of their potential market.
The same story prevails in Australia, Ireland, and other smaller English speaking markets.
They worry more about protecting their small local markets than trying to grow in the much bigger global markets. "Penny wise, pound foolish. "
Allen F April 13, 2020 um 10:01 pm
Since I haven’t heard anything about the big publishers dropping their agency pricing – or dropping the prices – on their ebooks, I’m guessing they’re either not worried or too stupid to understand why propping up their paper sales is not in their best interests right now.
Of course they can’t drop agency pricing, that would require new contracts with Amazon and Apple; or dropping their ebook prices would be admitting that they knew those prices were BS from day one.
And they can’t really drop paper because that’s the only reason for a writer to bother with them anymore. Crap editing, crap cover, no press? A writer could get the same going to fiver (we won’t mention the crap contract that takes all rights/control from the writer for little to no return.)
And right now with bookstores closed? It’s a new world, and trad-pub has no idea how to survive in it …