Tuesday, 12 March 2019


  • Minimal marginal cost
  • Minimal financial risk - you can't print too many
  • Lightweight. You can carry a thousand books in your pocket for less weight than a paperback
  • Harder for people to peruse your bookshelf, or see what you are reading. Less chance for serendipitous discoveries
  • Can't lend them to other people, no second-hand market (bad for readers, good for booksellers)
  • Piracy much easier (good for readers, bad for booksellers)
  • Authors don't need a publisher, can easily self-publish through Amazon. Good for authors, bad for publishers, risk of Amazon establishing a monopoly (bad for authors)

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