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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Production Thoughts Part 2

Are you also a blogger who wishes to publish your webcomic? Read the article here - Turning Free Web Work Into Real Book Sales - http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/13/books/13webbook.html?_r=1&oref=login

Yup it was also my concern about the habit of people wanting to read materials for free. I began thinking how they will react to my book knowing they can actually read it for free? Well, here's some answers:

“I think books are still things, thank goodness, that people want to own,” said Michael Jacobs, chief executive of Abrams. “The package of the book and the way it feels is something apart and separate from being able to read it online.”

Lawrence Lessig, a professor at Stanford Law School who has published three of his four books online as well as on paper, said book sales depended on whether the number of people who discover the book online and then buy a hard copy outnumbers “the number of people who would have bought the book and now won’t because it’s free.”

Robert Miller, president of Hyperion, said he believed the book would sell even though prospective readers can see the core of its message online. “A book has a chance to have a timeless quality that’s different from a speech given in real time,” Mr. Miller said.

What if you take down your archives?

Taking down free material can be controversial. When Scott Adams, the “Dilbert” comic strip artist, removed the archives from his blog, dilbertblog.typepad.com, after Portfolio, an imprint of Penguin Group, published “Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain!” in October, some readers balked.
Mr. Adams said he never expected that people who had already read the book’s content online would want to buy the book. But, he said, he hoped that they would recommend it or buy it as a gift. What he misjudged, he said, was “the fact that people want their stuff for free.”

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5 Comments:

At 2:45 PM, OpenID monaco said...

thanks for dropping by hazel. hope you have a great year ahead.

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger silvertooth26 said...

I'm a bookworm and owning a book can be cheaper in the long run (I think). The one advantage I can definitely see is a book can be read in any position (sitting, lying on your back, on your tummy, standing, etc) and almost anywhere (at the bed room, at the library on the jeepney, etc). While it's true that you can do all that while browsing, but what happens if there's no electricity? or your internet access is down? You can still read by candlelight. :)

Book:1 Web:0

 
At 6:13 PM, Anonymous george ganda ;) said...

well i would want a book too rather than just reading through web

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger rain said...

Happy New Year! ^.^

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger Hazel Chua said...

silvertooth26 - hope a lot of pinoys are also readers

george ganda - thanks for the feedback

rain - happy new yr!

 

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