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Quick link to a New York Times piece on self-publishing. With the advent of ebooks and print on demand, it’s a whole different world:

Before, you had to fill your garage with books and pass them on to all your best friends…

And here’s a survey of how US Independent booksellers are doing in a nation without Borders. A sample comment from Tattered Cover Book Store in Denver (from PBS):

I have every reason to believe that in ten years’ time there will be a retail setting that everyone recognizes as the logical descendent of today’s retail bookstores. The trick for all of us is to juggle declining printed book sales with new products and new services and the appropriate amount of real estate in the right location. Hardly an easy task but if the indie community has anything going for it, it is the fact that we are a feisty, determined, creative bunch that love what we do. Taking a cue from some of the technologies that been so disruptive, collectively the indie community is crowd-sourcing the sustainable bookstore-like thing of tomorrow. One of us is going to figure this out.


Yep, someone will figure this out one day!!


From the Economist:

Enter Unbound, a British effort to “crowd-fund” books. Visitors to its website can pledge money for a book that is only part-written. If enough money is raised, the author can afford to finish it—and the pledgers will get a copy.

Having launched in May, the firm announced its first success on July 18th. Terry Jones, of Monty Python fame, has secured the funds to finish a book of quirky stories. Handsome edited volumes and e-books will follow.


Book Rentals…

So Amazon is now renting textbooks:

Kindle Textbook Rental is a flexible and affordable way to read textbooks. You can rent for the minimum length, typically 30 days, and save up to 80% off the print list price. If you find you need your textbook longer, you can extend your rental by as little as 1 day as many times as you want and just pay for the added days.

I wonder if publishers could ever be persuaded to do the same with in other genres. In some ways, the low cost rented novel might do for ebooks what the 99 cent itunes download did for music…