I read this article today which says the publishing giant HarperCollins is refusing to renew their ebook contract with Amazon. It has an interesting theory, in that the author feels HC may just want to share the publicity Hatchet got when fighting with Amazon, which may explain why this revelation feels like old news.
The article also reports that HC set up a website in 2013 that would allow them to sell ebooks.
The thing is, I have no problem with this. Sure, it’s mildly inconvenient to have to go to a different website if you want HC books, but if you really love their work, then this shouldn’t be a problem. However, most people don’t buy based on the publisher. I have no knowledge of where any of my favorite books were published, and unless I’m like, “Wow, I haven’t heard from this author in a long time,” and Google him or her, then find out s/he’s an HC author, I’m not going to go to their site to find new material.
Their contract doesn’t seem to include print sales though, so this wouldn’t be relevant–I’d just be buying the hard copy.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of ebooks. They’re convenient, yes, and for someone as environmentally conscious as me, you’d figure I’d be all on-board to this product, but I just can’t get past the weirdness. For one, ereaders don’t have two-sided viewing. There’s no ‘left and right’ page, so I can never remember where my favorite parts are. I also can’t visually recall, “Oh yeah, that part with the sponges was near the beginning, around 75.” Plus I can’t really write on or highlight an etext.
I think holograms would be a good solution to this. A virtual, interactive representation of a book would be awesome, eco-friendly, and mirror the hands-on aspect of a physical work. The technology doesn’t seem to be near that yet, but hopefully it will be around within five years or so.
Any thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them below.
All my love,