Comments on: Mergers alone won’t save book industry http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/10/26/mergers-alone-wont-save-book-industry/ Tue, 10 Feb 2015 19:54:39 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Anonymous http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/10/26/mergers-alone-wont-save-book-industry/#comment-11830 Sat, 03 Nov 2012 12:21:53 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1281#comment-11830 The ONE THING I think publishers could do to really save themselves is to take control of distribution (especially ebooks). They MUST start selling directly. The reason Amazon is beating the hell out of them is that they have access to the millions of readers emails and use it to promote other books to them. Publishers have exclusive right to the content…the thing that readers will buy…why don’t they sell direct? They have turned over the keys to their buyers to others…and have no direct connection to them…is it any wonder they are in such dire straits?

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By: matthewslyman http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/10/26/mergers-alone-wont-save-book-industry/#comment-11741 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 07:28:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1281#comment-11741 Of all the publishing and book distribution mergers, this one has to be the most indicative of our times:

Waterstones and Amazon’s Kindle turn a new chapter
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-200 46568

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By: AZreb http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2012/10/26/mergers-alone-wont-save-book-industry/#comment-11621 Sat, 27 Oct 2012 14:48:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/?p=1281#comment-11621 Would I trade my books – the ones with pages that you can turn – for one of the electronic gadgets? No. I volunteer at a non-profit thrift store and am in full charge of the book section – the “book lady” – and it is wonderful to see the way nooks are flying off the shelves. Not only the romance novels and westerns, but the children’s books and those for teens and pre-teens.

The most decorative items in my home are books – bookcases full of them with all different kinds of subjects. Worlds that I can touch in my mind – facts that enable me to make good judgments on many things – some for just escape reading – a world of words and thoughts. I can underline phrases that have meaning to me – paragraphs that are important to me – go back to one that touches on a subject or program of interest.

The most horrifying thing that is happening with books is the sanitizing, the homogenizing of them – Mark Twain’s “Huckleberry Finn” for example. And now they want to change “The Night Before Christmas” by Moore and take away Santa’s pipe! Will Santa next have no belly that shakes like jelly?

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