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Spike89 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-06-11 01:41 PM
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172. Most of our costs are NOT in distribution
Our costs, and those of most publishers are mostly upfront...production, factchecking, etc. We set our prices not to make a profit, but to pay our costs so we can publish the next book. The point is that doing e-books doesn't drop our cost much, if at all, but currently people will not pay full price for an e-book and when pirates enter the equation, it destroys the incentive totally.
I want the info from every book to get out to as many people as possible--that is basically the definition of an editor. To do so, I must have a financially viable model for doing it.

If only the rich can afford to publish, the only things that will be published will be the ideas that benefit the rich.
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