October 19th, 2010


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E-publishing and Business Models

Electronic publishing continues to encroach on print publishing. Sales of e-books are on the rise and a variety of e-reader options are floating around, with more due to wash over us by the Christmas buying season.

E-publishing has a lot going for it: availability, portability, scalability, the ability to hook into the power of the Internet. While I’ve resisted e-readers so far, my friend Louise Marley swears by her Kindle both for the amount of reading matter she can load onto it and the wireless card that lets her download new material anywhere.

This rise in e-reader popularity happens at a time when we’re seeing the speculative fiction print magazines floundering: Realms of Fantasy just announced its closure and The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction has cut back on its number of issues. But who will supplant them in the electronic realm remains anyone’s game still, although the leading contenders are Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Clarkesworld, Fantasy, and Lightspeed.

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