Library ebooks hit snag

My local library reports that one reason their ebook selection is low is because four out of the “Big Six” publishers do not allow libraries to purchase their ebooks and the other two either have restrictive purchase policies are charge libraries more for ebooks.

In other words, these publishers are acting like Blockbuster in the early days of Netflix.

Change is a bear.  I understand wanting to cling on to profits from your traditional business model as long as possible.  But, just as Blockbuster learned, it works out better to be the change agent than the stick-in-the-mud.

Innovation milestone

Thanks to Mark Perry of the blog Carpe Diem for directing me to this link.

Amazon.com now sells more Kindle ebooks than print books.

Introduced less than four years ago, the Kindle has quickly become Amazon’s top selling product, and now digitised books for the reader have become more popular with its customers than their paper and ink fore-runners.

Ebooks stumbled along for years, never quite taking hold and then Amazon came along and put together a product that made it work.

Looking back, the success seems like it should have been a foregone conclusion.  But, I don’t remember many people who thought that four years ago.  An iPod for books?

This is a great example of a black swan.  An experiment that didn’t seem to hold a lot of promise, but is now changing the way we read things.

I can attest from my own experience, that I’ve sold more Kindle versions than print copies of my own book from Amazon.com.