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Old 10th August 2018, 23:15
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I disagree entirely Jukka. They are much less expensive than paper, and are the way of the future. Protected, they are much better than paper. When you buy them, you get them virtually instantly. No postage cost.
Nearly all books I have bought in the last 2 years are eBooks, and at least 1/2 to 1/4 of the cost of the same in paper. The books you see on this forum are simply out of my price range. At a lower price, you would expect many more sales, and isn't that what an author wants - more people with their book?
Don't go on about copying and piracy - you can scan and distribute a paper book just as easily.
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I disagree. EBooks are not the wave of the future. I work in the book business and eBooks are only a part of total book sales. They did not replace traditional printed books. As far as prices, everyone can only buy what they can afford. The losses caused by piracy that affects my, and other book publishers, for each book is not a small amount.
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Old 11th August 2018, 00:51
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I wish you well with your new publishing project. Due to the internet, hard copy books and magazines are tragically in decline. The e-reader is destroying publishing further, not saving it.

One question: The design of the two covers on your website look like Classic Publications books - are they?
I would absolutely disagree, sales of physical books have never been better. As for Classic, the info is on the website

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Rich - will you release an electronic version of the book?
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Hi - absolutely not..
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Old 11th August 2018, 04:41
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Rich - will you release an electronic version of the book?
Peter

release electronic version-- if the publisher do that,there is possibility some people will upload the pirate version on the internet within couple of days.
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Old 12th August 2018, 16:10
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Agree with the sentiments here...no use what so ever for electronic versions of books.

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Old 12th August 2018, 16:12
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And, just to add a bit to the debate (at the risk of thread drift), no use for colorized photos.

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Old 12th August 2018, 22:33
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I would absolutely disagree, sales of physical books have never been better.

Clearly, that is absolutely not true and a bit head in the sand.


There are far fewer military book shops, the military book sections in Waterstones etc are smaller, and Pen & Sword, for example, have diversified into other subjects such as general and local history, trains, buses, crime histories etc etc.


I know authors and have had experience myself in the last 10 years of once enthusiastic publishers refusing to publish books on WW2 subjects as they are 'too niche' and 'do not sell well enough'.


Each work published in ebook form and bought as such clearly is one less physical book not created/sold.


Paperback novels may be making a bit of a comeback but I would welcome a return of a widespread choice of WW2 subjects once again like there was 10-20 years ago.
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Old 12th August 2018, 23:21
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Bomphoon, there are indications that paperback novels are the ones most impacted by e-formats. Hardcore readers buy novels in hardback format.

As for diversification, I believe great many classic milutary/aviation publishers have also had strong transport catalogue. And reduction in the number of physical bookshops might well simply be an indication of changed purchasing habits, i.e. online ordering is so easy today.
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Old 12th August 2018, 23:34
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I read the book trade press, and paper books are doing so well that some in the trade are now saying that they misjudged the impact of the eBook and that their predictions of the future of eBooks, namely that they would become the largest part of the book market, were premature.

2007 The "...US Postal Service discontinued its outbound international surface mail ("sea mail") service," which meant my company lost most of its foreign customers.

2008 The planned global economic crisis. In the book trade, the category most hardest hit was Historical Non-Fiction.

Now new books, in all categories, are printed in the 3,000 to 5,000 copy range as opposed to the just previous 5,000 to 10,000 copy range.

Long before the internet, over 95% of the manuscripts I saw were bad [which is still true today]. It was like panning for gold. Then came cheap, 1 to 6 copy self-publishing. Again, a lot of bad books just because amateurs could pay a little and only store a little. Should they suddenly need 10 more copies, the print on demand order could be filled. Ebooks. According to a recent trade report, about 49% of self-published authors are making $500 or less a year on their eBook or paper format book. And it's very hard to know which are good or bad, much less how to find them. And when I look for highly specialized titles, the title had better reflect the contents. I am glad I stumbled across "Sonic Wind" but the hyperbole on the cover was a waste of ink.

Recently, the head of a videogame company said, "Kids don't read anymore. They play our games." That was not a fact, just twisting things around to suit the speaker/owner.

So, as can can be seen here, new publishing companies, just as in my niche, continue to appear. However, the other problem for historical non-fiction is an aging market and a lower replacement pool to draw from. Starting in the late 1960s, in the West, contraception was taking off. Fewer kids now means the hobby/research community is not as big as it was. Business-wise, a way must be found to bring more young people into the hobby.

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Old 13th August 2018, 05:39
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Business-wise, a way must be found to bring more young people into the hobby.
And that's exactly my point. How many young people do you see nowadays with a real book? Virtually none. They're all glued to smartphones and tablets.
My local hobby store (the one which specialises in WW2 and modern aircraft) has many books on its shelves, and sells virtually none. As for customers, the owner says virtually none under 40. And from what I see whenever I am in the shop, most over 60.
Another hobby shop which sells second-hand models and books similarly has many books on its shelves, but in all the years I've been going there, I've never seen anyone buy one.
Even the general second-hand book shops carry hardly any military books any more.
I agree wholeheartedly with Bombphoon.
The baby-boomers - ie those who may have an interest in WW2 in particular and still regard a paper book as gold - will not be visiting bookshops for much longer.
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Old 13th August 2018, 11:07
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Peter, do you really believe that those people glued to their phones have the attention span to read any longer texts, no matter what the format? Those folks are seeking instant gratification, something that our hobby does not and will not deliver.
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