Digital Publishing: Liberating the Content from the Container

The Echidna and the Fox

Will paper books disappear? John Birmingham thinks those on the midlist will. We can’t predict what will happen, he said, but it’s likely that only two types of books will survive in physical form: massive best sellers such as Stephanie Meyer and Stephen King, and higher value books that provide guaranteed sales in smaller numbers, such as those illustrating an artist’s works.

Birmingham, the Gordon Ramsay of Australian writing, was speaking at the recent Australian Society of Authors E-Exchange Day in Brisbane. He told of how digital publishing is changing the world for writers. For his next three-ebook deal for his alternative history thrillers he is writing all three books together, and then releasing them a month apart. Such books are becoming shorter – 30,000 rather than 160,000 words – and story lines will play out over 7 or 8 ebooks, like a serial. He suggested that novelists think about…

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