For quite some time, the tension between Amazon and traditional publishers has continued to build up and each one trying to outperform the other in terms of capturing a greater audience. Even if the traditional publishing industry already has a head start in the race, Amazon is trying to catch up with their strategic pricing and using the global reach of the internet as its strong back-up.
In an aspiring author’s perspective, having free online publishing platforms like Amazon’s CreateSpace is a great help because they offer opportunities to publish books without having to go through the scrutiny of hard-to-please publishers. By simply uploading content to the system, authors would already have a chance to publish their works and wait for sales to come in.
Amazon has placed traditional publishers at a disadvantage because the latter are already lagging behind if we are to consider the time it would require to complete editing, production and shipping books to bookstores. And because a lot of people prefer to do their shopping online, Amazon’s eBooks are more accessible to people who are looking for a good read. Internet shopping leaves out the need to go out of the house just to check out the latest offerings in the book industry.
In terms of pricing, Amazon still has an edge over traditional publishers. Because of the lesser cost involved with online publishing, authors can offer their books at competitive prices that attracts readers to download eBooks as often as they want. Printed books, on the other hand, are sold at relatively higher prices because it also cost more to complete the entire production process.
However, quality is one thing that traditional publishing can boast of. Before a book becomes available for readers to enjoy, they would still have to go through a lot of screening starting from the publishers to the editors and the like. So what come out are generally good materials for the right audience. As for Amazon’s eBooks, there are thousands of options and it would be hard to filter the real good ones from the mediocre.
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