The Price of Books Will Go Up
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|Thu, 02-04-2010 - 9:56am|
And authors probably won't see a cent of the increase.
The price of paper is expected to rise in the near future. As usual, that will be felt most by book and magazine publishers. (Newspaper publishers are fleeing the print game like rats from a sinking ship.)
If you're thinking that all publishers could just go digital like newspapers seem to be doing, it's not going to be that simple. Besides the fact that some people just will never give up print books and magazines, if you've missed the flap over Macmillan and Amazon, you've missed a war. Macmillan's deal with Apple for the iPad raised the retail price of an e-book to somewhere between $12.50 and $14.50. Macmillan then approached Amazon with the same figures.
What was Amazon to do? Apple was going after their Kindle with the iPad and now Macmillan was going after their price structure! Amazon's gut reaction was to have a tantrum. They removed all the buy buttons from all of Macmillan's merchandise, both digital and print. It was an exciting weekend but Sunday night Amazon said "Uncle." The buy buttons weren't back on Amazon's website when I checked this morning but from what I heard the new negotiations will take from 30 to 90 days. Only then can Macmillan sell a book on Amazon.
The AAR, where agent's find their power, went after Amazon on Macmillan's side. Now Harper Collins has joined the fight - and had their buy buttons removed as well.
Trying to keep up with all this mess gave me a headache. Trying to make sense of it all moved the ache to the south.
Looks as if the price of books will be going up no matter what the price of paper or if they're made of paper at all.