|My Kindle - several hundreds of books|
in my purse all at once! Reading nirvana!
Today, that’s not the case. In fact, a recent survey says that 19% of Americans own an e-reader, 28% if you include tablet owners. Even some public libraries are lending ebooks.
Ebooks have been in the news a lot lately. The Justice Department sued HarperCollins, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, Macmillan, and Apple for price-fixing ebooks. Right not, it looks like the lawsuit may be settled with at least a few of the publishers. There's a lot of discussion about what this will ultimately mean to consumer prices as well as writer royalties, but opinions vary quite a bit.
The Big Six (HarperCollins, Random House, Hachette, Simon & Schuster, Penguin, and Macmillan) were in the news just this week over declining to renew their ebook contracts with Amazon. It seems they’re arguing about the terms of the contract, especially fees. Independent Publishing Group recently refused Amazon’s terms as well, and over 4,000 of their ebooks were immediately pulled from Amazon’s site.
Clearly, ebooks are here to stay, but the industry is changing all the time. We’ll have to watch and see what prices we’ll end up paying for ebooks and through which distributors. Is it just me, or do you think ebooks should cost less than a paper book?