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Is Publishing in the Recession More or Less Competitive?

By Edward Nawotka

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As Jason Allen Ashlock points out in our lead article today, “Facing an uncertain future, we would all do well to identify our common interests and seek new forms of collaboration.” Is this indeed true? Has the recession prompted you to collaborate in ways you would not have otherwise considered? Or has the the recession and the challenges posed by the digital revolution pushed you to be more aggressive that before?

Tell us your experience in the comments below or via Twitter using hashtag #ppdiscuss. And if you’re in a publishing lunch group/book club/social circle anywhere on the planet — be it Buenos Aires or Beijing — tell us about it. We’d like to learn more and perhaps write about you.

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  1. Posted January 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Permalink

    No, actually, taking the risk and going it alone has turned out to be the better move for me. I partnered with Shortcovers to pub my ebooks for a short time, but could never discover where I could find my sales reports. I partnered with Scribd long enough to find that it does not sell ebooks at all, but does phenomenally well at allowing pirates to download samples, assemble them into complete books, then run off in high spirits with them. I also picked up a great many “followers”, half of them being of the Islamic persuasion, and all pushing the Qur’an. One of them actually had about 20 websites with domain names of some variation on his name. I told him he could only post one. I partnered long enough with Smashwords to learn that their most popular sales were in free ebooks also, so I waited about six months before I kicked them to the curb. At the moment I am also selling through DriveThruSciFi, and there have been no sales there either. In fact the only real seller of my ebooks have been Lulu and Kindle, and I would fervently love to have people buy both my print books and ebooks from my site because I price them at less than list. But unless people actually start buying books and ebooks, no collaboration of any kind will be effective enough to do the trick. You can’t make people buy books, and that is the crux of the problem.

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