GoodeReader reports that Simon & Schuster (co-conspirator in the Apple eBook price-fixing scandal) believes that raising its eBook prices is effective.
It’s effective if the publisher’s plan is to gouge consumers and slow the growth of the eBook Revolution by undermining competition in the marketplace. Effective also if they want to encourage eBook Piracy.
Fortune gives the real story on a report from the Association of American Publishers that eBook sales are slowing.
It seems that is not the case. Instead, market share for “established publishers has been declining, while sales of independently published e-books have been growing.”
Liliputing reports on the impending closure of the Oyster eBook subscription service. It looks like the all-you-can-eat “Netflix for books” they offered is too hard to swallow.
The commitment of time require for reading books makes adoption of such subscription services nonsensical for all but the most voracious readers. It’s impossible to make a $9.99 monthly membership pay unless you read a minimum of at least one book every two weeks, something that time-starved, media bloated modern living makes a challenge for most of us.
It may be that Oyster and other eBook subscription services like Amazon Kindle Unlimited and Scribd may have bitten off more than we can chew.