Thursday, September 30, 2010

WSJ article on How Authors Feel the Pinch in Age of eBooks

WSJ Article

An interesting thing to note is that Trachtenburg was using a 70/25% breakdown instead of a 50/50%breakdown, as Publishing for Profit had as a sample royalty breakdown (so the author would make $4.54 instead of $2.27, and $.34 more than he would on a hardcover). Not sure which is more typical, but he obviously went with the one that is less generous to the author to prove his point.

Particularly interesting here are the two videos, one is an interview with Trachtenburg, basically reitereating what he said in his article, but the other one (down lower in the article) is a cute but brief history of the book (a sort of video Cliff Notes of our required reading).

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