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The wolf is falling!

(get it? get it?)

Anyway, this is just depressing. So many details of it...

http://nymag.com/news/media/50279/

THE END: The book business as we know it will not be living happily ever after. With sales stagnating, CEO heads rolling, big-name authors playing musical chairs, and Amazon looming as the new boogeyman, publishing might have to look for its future outside the corporate world.


Brilliant article, and I'm just halfway through it.

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kaolinfire
Sep. 30th, 2008 08:17 pm (UTC)
getting a quote from LS just to see. Lulu says $8.85 base cost for 216 pages, A5 size (which is the closest they have to what we publish).

Doom! Gloom! :)

I don't see a lot of people doing things other than watching movies or playing video games, but my mood (and thus vision) is admittedly colored by a lot of things, not least of which is, admittedly, a fair bit of anxiety and angst. :)
vonandmoggy
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:26 am (UTC)
My cost price from LSI for Li'l Kids is $3.25 US approximately. Online retailers are getting 20% off the cover price ($13.95 US). If you do the math, you'll find that my per copy revenue is extremely good. Now, that cost price doesn't include the upfront fee, which if memory serves was about $140.00 in total. Still, it's far better than Lulu and LSI offers vastly superior distribution options.

I need to do a proper post on this, but one very good resource is Aaron Shepard's Aiming at Amazon.

Von

kaolinfire
Oct. 2nd, 2008 10:17 pm (UTC)
Well, apparently I have to have an ISBN for LSI (they don't do magazines, so I'm going to do a little experiment with a friend's "spare" ... hoo boy.) Issue 3 is going to be a "book"!

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