Will the publishing industry ever grow up?
The latest spat in the publishing world:
Seth Godin, a pioneer in independent published, just had a book rejected by Apple for distribution on the ibook. The reason? His book contains links in the bibliography to books at Amazon! How can firms like Apple and Amazon control the publishing business?
Media Bistro reports: "With Amazon removing IPG books from the Kindle Store, Barnes & Noble and Chapters Indigo not selling Amazon print titles in their stores, and now Apple not accepting a book with links to Amazon in the iBookstore, book retailers are beginning to fragment and make the experience more cumbersome for the consumer.
As Godin says:“We’re heading to a world where there are just a handful of influential bookstores (Amazon, Apple, Nook…) and one by one, the principles of open access are disappearing. <em>Apple, apparently, won’t carry an ebook that contains a link to buy a hardcover book from Amazon.”
As I see it, its time to sit down, unplug and read a good book.
Helen Gallagher, national speaker and author "Release Your Writing: Book Publishing Your Way."