Caleb Mason is the owner of Publerati, a new publisher of fiction ebooks. I have previously talked about the company here. Now Caleb has an interesting post on his Publerati blog today, entitled The Importance of Barnes & Noble to the Publishing Future.
He says that one of the most important dominoes to watch in the fourth quarter are B&N’s results, which, if poor, could result in more store closings which would hurt the sales performance of the Big Six. This, he feels, would result in an increase in investment in B&N by Microsoft, and he goes on to say, “Remember—there is room for two dominant players in any market space; after that, the pickings get tough. This should also help good indie booksellers regain lost brick-and-mortar market share as they already have the correct (new normal?) amount of physical retail space for the future of print book volumes. The end-game for B&N may well be a spinoff.”
Paul Biba is a retired corporate international lawyer who has worked in 53 countries. Since he is a very fast reader he came to ebooks out of self-defense in order to avoid carrying a suitcase of books on his travels around the world. An early ebook adopter, he has read on Palms, Pocket PCs and practically every device that has been out there. After being a frequent contributor to TeleRead.com, the oldest ebook/epublishing blog on the net, Paul became TeleRead’s Editor-in-Chief, a position he recently resigned. Send Paul an email to firstname.lastname@example.org