03-16-2011 01:38 PM
I don't know if this has ever come up, but I was wondering if B&N had thought about sponsoring or offering a capability for those with ebooks to have them printed in custom hardback editions with an on-demand printing type options?
Some of the eBook only books are becoming quite good, and I have often wondered if it was possible to say take my copy of Swarm (B.V. Larson), upload it to a print house, and specify a hardback, leather bound copy be made.
The same could apply to any existing books as well. David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series comes to mind, where the first three or four books were not offered in HB (initially), and when they were, they didn't match the other (later) HB editions.
To me, this would offer the best of both worlds (eBook and physical book), in that I can read many books for a reasonable price as eBooks, but for those really good books, have them printed in a style I prefer without paying the roaylty fees all over again (or the mark up on a cover I really could care less about).
I'd have no problem paying to have complete set of the Harrington series in a leather, HB set to put in my home library (and that's at least 18 books).
Maybe I'm just rambling, but it sure would be nice to have that option (since eBook are softcopy, and that's how publishers get the information anyways, though a different format).
03-16-2011 01:43 PM
I doubt - would probably violate all kinds of Publication and Print Rights owned by either author or publisher to set up such a service. I suppose it depends on what side of the fence they feel this Format Shift falls on.
Also, epub is really, under the hood, a micro HTML/CSS file group, and is horrible for print status as is normally done. There's a reason printers get a different format file.
03-16-2011 01:54 PM - edited 03-16-2011 01:55 PM
Thanks for th insight! I wasn't aware that ePub was micro HTML/CSS.
On the copyrights issue, I think you have a point with traditional DTB publishers. But with the "eBook only" authors, I wonder if there's an opportunity to shape the market, and as a side benefit, stick it to the Agency publishers by taking our money elsewhere.
You seem pretty tech savvy, do you know of, or can think of a way that current DRM could be integrated so that the eBook authors are protected, and only one hardcopy could be made per eBook copy?
Just kicking around the conept in my brain housing group right now, and am looking to see if folks can think of various models that this could work (both technically as well as from a business perspective).
Surely a trasform could be written to take a book from ePub to some other "printer friendly" format???
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