Re: RARA-AVIS: possibly the biggest publishing story of the year

From: jacquesdebierue (
Date: 17 Dec 2009

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    --- In, "davezeltserman" <Dave.Zeltserman@...> wrote:
    > Covey write business books, and is a mega-bestseller--sells millions of his books.
    > The Stephen King thing was early on, before the Kindle. As amazon is showing now with this deal, the big retailers can structure deals that are attractive enough to get blockbuster authors to bypass traditional publishers. I think this is going to be the first of many such deals we hear about, and I won't be surprised to see Walmart and others jump into this.

    Realistically, what do you think the prospects of Walmart are? I mean in twenty or thirty years? What's worrisome is that these kinds of deals may not guarantee availability -- neither do traditional publishers, of course, but this idea of the book as simple commodity is worrisome. Are all differences being blurred into a commodity-consumer model?



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