Here’s an article about Stephen R. Covey doing an end-run around his print publisher and selling digital publishing rights to some of his backlist titles- including “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”– directly to Amazon. If you, like me, are not that interested in reading about the Stephen R. Covey-Enriching Habits of Stephen R. Covey, feel free to skip to page two, where you’ll find the good stuff.
I think the Amazon spokesman’s response to Simon & Schuster’s decision to delay the digital editions of some titles until they’ve squeezed every penny they can out of the more expensive hardcover editions is dead on:
“Simon & Schuster is backward-leaning,” Mr. Herdener said. “[Simon & Schuster CEO] Carolyn [Reidy] wants to corral readers, force them to buy what they wouldn’t buy if they had a choice. It won’t work. The better approach is to embrace the evolution of the book and give customers what they want. Forward-leaning publishers are going to clean up.”
I am also in favor of this whole mess being settled via a large multidimensional chess match.
-Norm De Plume