“Lovers of print are simply confusing the plate for the food.”
― Douglas Adams
According to data from Bowker presented by the company’s vice president of publishing services Kelly Gallagher at the Digital Book World Discoverability and Marketing:
“We’re shifting our platform more and more to the digital side – PS4 will be similar to PS Vita in that every game will be available as a digital download, and some will also be available as a disc,” he said. “Because of the flexibility of the digital distribution scheme, we can have more small games that might be free or available for a couple of dollars, or different services like free-to-play or subscription models.
“As more and more services and contents become available digitally, we’ll have more of an option to create attractive packages. So hypothetically we can look at different models – like a cable TV company. We could have gold, silver or platinum levels of membership, something like that. We can do subscription services when we have more content – especially now that we have the Gaikai technology available.
“With one subscription you have access to thousands of games – that’s our dream.”
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios for Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Look for console games to begin to publishing more like books and comics with smaller, cheaper games released more frequently rather than large blockbuster movie style all or nothing releases. Video games, TV, Movies, Music, and Books continue to march toward a single content stream that acts like a utility that we expect to have full access to just like out phone, water and electricity. ~ eP
At Bindworx.com consumers can not only purchase eBooks in full, by chapter, page or paragraph but also drag and drop content portions from different publications into a new, personalised compilation with maximum value from the first ‘page’ to the last.
For a truly personalised creation, enriched by their imagination, customers can upload their own multi-media content and interweave it with pre-published and licensed blog content.
So here is the question: If you have 8,058 ebooks on your ereader that you never intend to read - and they cost the publisher $0 and the author was never going to get a royalty for them in the first place - did a crime actually take place? Do these ebooks actually exist or are they just literary packing peanuts? What if this person reads Carl Sagan’s Cosmos soley because it showed up unexpectedly and then seeks out Sagan’s other work legitimately in print because of it? Is this now marketing? What if this person decides to rent Girl With A Dragon Tattoo from Netflix because of this? Is this now promotional?
Before the torrent download none of these works may have even been in the consciousness of the reader. Since the download the latent potential for a positive commercial impact has been increased 8,058 times. Withing this torrent file the infinite vastness of the internet that competes with a book like Joseph Heller’s Catch 22 for attention shrank to just 8,057 competitors. For this reader has this torrent just become one of the greatest book discovery engines available today? ~ eP
I torrented a kindle library final and I had no idea how much was in it. Wow what, I could never read all these books in a lifetime. Like I have my own personal library. I checked my nook and it has about two thousand of them on it and they all work, I feel like I’m in a dream…
Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
In Europe ebook sales make up less than 2% of total book sales. Many factors go into this including a large part of fear - not only fear of change but also fear of letting US based retailers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble take over their book industry. On top of that add excessive VAT taxes and confusing and uncertain rights issues that can make book inaccessible depending on what country they are in. The time is ripe for a risk taker in Europe but with the economic crisis straining the European Union and laws on commerce and taxes anything but certain is anyone courageous enough? ~eP