The digitization of the music industry vs. the book world: the ultimate overview (part IV)

The end of this four-part series is really why it all started: the differences between the digitization of the music industry and the world of books. This series is beautifully summed up in one big illustration, made by Esther Gons (@wilg). Click for big. Read more »

The digitization of the music industry vs. the book world: the ultimate overview (part I)

This series of blogposts originated on Twitter, when a few people from both the book world and the music industry came to the conclusion that there has been written a lot about the developments in both worlds, but never before in one big comparison.     Read more »

Should publishers sell their own e-readers?

Digital reading is growing in popularity and e-readers and tablets are becoming more popular by the month. Until now, this is entirely the domain of the retailers. Who are, logically as you can conclude, able to lure the customer into their stores and bind them to their brand (draw this line a bit further and you're talking about Amazon, wanting to claim the complete the chain). And here is where the opportunity looks around the corner: why shouldn’t publishers do the same? Read more »

Piracy and the three preconditions

Once again a blog on this topic, because this is an issue that many are increasingly concerned about: piracy. Now that e-books (worldwide) occupy an increasing share of the total book sales, the urgency to put the piracy issue on the table grows. Logical. But do come with the right arguments then. Read more »


‘In the future everything will be free’

The digitization of all media means that more and more organizations are coping with difficult times. Including the book world. The book world is just experiencing the transformation from analogue to digital, where the music and the film industry have for years. From record stores to video rental services, from big record labels to film studios, they have all had to change their businesses in some form to stay alive, if they were able to. And now it is our turn. Read more »

Pay with a tweet is spam

If you are a frequent Twitter user, you must have seen tweets like: ‘I downloaded … for free using Pay with a tweet’ or ‘I paid with a tweet to get … for free’ or something similar. A phenomenon that is gaining popularity, in use, but one that is so wrong that I have no other word for it than to call it spam. Read more »

Google again cuts publishers the pass

More than once I’ve called this one of the greatest challenges for publishers in coming years: the global and simultaneous availability of your titles. One of the biggest limitations in the modern book world is the way translation rights are (still) arranged. Was it not that big of a problem in the ‘old world’, with e-books and the internet (anyone can visit Amazon from anywhere) this is not quite the case. If a new book of your favourite author is being released, you want to read it. Read more »

When your target audience becomes your problem

‘How do you know you are doing something wrong? When 35-year-old women are a problem for your industry.’ This statement was made following the results of the Digital Entertainment Survey, conducted by Entertainment Media Research on behalf of a media law firm, and inspired a lot of media to write about it. Read more »

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