Via Paul Biba of Teleread: Bring the eBooks Home, is this tidbit from the Financial Times, “Hatchette Feels eBook Pricing Could Kill Hardbacks.”
Hardback books could be killed off if Amazon’s e-books and Google’s digital library force publishers to slash prices, Arnaud Nourry, chief executive of French publishing group Hachette, has warned.
Mr Nourry said unilateral pricing by Google, Amazon and other e-book retailers such as Barnes & Noble could destroy publishers’ profits.
He said publishers were “very hostile” to Amazon’s pricing strategy – over which the online retailer failed to consult publishers – to charge $9.99 for all its e-books in the US. He also pointed to plans by Google to put millions of out-of-copyright books online for public use
Personally, I doubt it. Did video kill the radio store? Did DVDs kill the movie theater? No. People like a variety of formats and continue to patronize all of them. As much as I love eBooks, I love hardbacks and paperbacks as well. Each has their separate pleasures and merits.
Even when the day comes and eBook readers have color (“multiple years” in the future, according to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos), this still won’t equal the “romantic” experience of holding a beautifully designed hardback in your hands.