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Espresso Book Machine in Bookstores

A bookstore in Paris, France has an Espresso Book Machine on its premises–and few physical books on its shelves.  The owner’s reasoning for choosing the in-house printing technology is not unique.  He cited rising rents and the overall expense involved with maintaining thousands of feet of space to accommodate hundreds […]


Bookstores/Printed Book Survival 5

It’s been my contention for several years that the large, stand-alone, brick-and-mortar bookstores, as well as those that lease space in major malls and strip-malls, will be forced out of existence.  And I’m of the opinion that as copying technology becomes more efficient (read “faster”), less expensive (an Espresso Book […]


Harper Book-Pricing Model Confusing

All of the pricing issues I’ve been discussing lately involve self-published material by essentially unknown authors.  This brings me to Harper’s recent decision respective of e-book pricing for its “name” authors.  Without getting into “agency pricing” and the litigation involving the Apple price-fixing suit that spawned the phrase, Harper has […]


Legal Decision on “Class Action” Status for ASI Lawsuit

Legal decision imminent?  A number of writers have contacted me concerning issues with Author Solutions, Inc., and one or more of this company’s dozen or so imprints (Xlibris, iUniverse, Author House, et al.)  Shortly, a decision will be forthcoming regarding whether or not class action status will be allowed for […]


Self-Publishing Successes and a Marketing Idea or Two

If a self-published book can acquire a following, it has proven that it is marketable.  How marketable of course is dictated by actual sales numbers, and these are going to be based almost entirely on the aggressiveness of the author related to his or her commitment to the story.  As […]


Is the Future of Publishing Tied to the Espresso Book Machine?

In recent Newsletters I’ve made my contention clear that I believe the large brick and mortar bookstore will sadly become a thing of the past, and sooner rather than later.  I noticed recently that Books-a-Million is placing Espresso Book Machines in their stores in Birmingham, Alabama, and Portland, Maine.  This […]