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Monday, September 6, 2010

Will ebooks Make Midlist Authors Extinct? -From Huffington Press

James McGrath Morris

eBooks are changing not just the way people read books but how they buy them. The digital book age promises to deliver an endless assortment of titles with the click of a mouse but also portends to destroy the economic foundation that supports a large class of writers known as midlist authors, the triple-A minor league players of publishing.
These authors, who sell between 10,000 and 20,000 copies of a book, are the workhorses of the industry. They earn enough to make a modest living from their writing, sell enough to keep getting contracts from major publishing houses, and sometimes emerge as best-selling authors.

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