Saturday, February 6, 2010
"The inn at Harty Ferry, the Isle of Sheppey, yesterday."
Here we go again. The lunatics are now running around the asylum with pitchforks and flaming torches.
Hatchette is about to follow Murdoch-owned Harper Collins in jacking up the price of eBooks,
in order to protect the price point of hardback editions.
It is quite clear that Murdoch sees eBooks simply as a threat to traditional publishing and, along with other publishers, is convinced he can hold back the new technology. It is quite amusing when one considers how Murdoch made money originally, by using new digital technology to break the print unions who were trying to, um, hold back the new technology to preserve their traditional income stream.
I refer to my previous post about replication. The print workers lost and were destroyed because they tried to block new, more efficient, technology rather than working out how to exploit it. They were destroyed - by Murdoch. Now he has adopted their model.
There is an interesting article here:
A key quote is:
"Again, it’s impossible to stress how scarring the music labels’ experience has been for Big Media. And they’re determined not to repeat the experience. Their takeaway, though, seems to be that they can stave off digital distribution by keeping prices high and inventory relatively scarce. Hard to believe consumers are going to go for that."
Well? What do you think? Are you going to go for that?
Electricity storage breakthrough at Imperiel College, London University, will revoltionise ebooks (and other things).