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Evan Schnittman Ends Black Plastic Glasses Blog

Evan Schnittman‘s publishing blog Black Plastic Glasses is ending. The blog had been dedicated to digital publishing and eBooks, and Schnittman feels digital has become a mainstream part of publishing.

He explained in his closing post: “We no longer have the luxury of openly discussing the issues at hand, because all of the issues make up the cornerstones of how we do business. Publishing is digital and everything we do is based on digital. Any real discussion of how we approach the business is a discussion about core strategy… and that discussion is usually, if not always, a private, severely limited-audience kind of discussion.”

Schnittman closed the blog with a new pair of glasses, as seen in the photo on the right. He wrote: “Today I move begin the process of building a new brand. I close out this blog not with a word, but an image. Digital and I have both gone mainstream.

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French-American Foundation Celebrates Rick Moody

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Earlier this month, the American and French publishing industries came together at the Libertine restaurant in New York City to celebrate author Rick Moody.

The French-American Foundation hosted the reception, the conclusion of a publishing summit for French and American publishers. The party featured a cast of literary stars: Emma Archer, Paul Morris, Maja Thomas, Jeff Seroy, Andy Hunter, Evan Schnittman, Marion Duvert, Alice Tassel, Jonathan Rabinowitz, Calvin Baker and Molly Barton.

GalleyCat missed the reception, but the foundation kindly passed along some pictures from the party. Above, pictured left to right, are Schnittman (Oxford University Press), Morris (Bomb Magazine), and Thomas (Hachette).

Here’s more about the event: “A week of meetings, events and panels organized for a delegation of French publishers–in town on a reciprocal tour planned by the Foundation–to discuss the evolving landscape of the book business. Specifically, the group examined the powerful economic and digital forces transforming modern publishing, and the comparative perspectives in France and the U.S..”

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How Publishers Will Cope with Amazon’s Monopoly

Mike_Shatzkin_selfphoto_iPhone_090214.JPGAt Digital Book World this morning, Mike Shatzkin quizzed his panel of publishing thinkers about the Amazon (AMZN) hold over the industry. “Amazon has 80 or 90 percent of the book buying [market] online and 80 or 90 percent of the ebooks [market]. Those are the only parts of the business that are growing. Every other part of the business is shrinking … Will we see a change in this hegemony?” he asked.

Ken Brooks from Cengage Learning had these thoughts: “The share that Amazon has almost has to fall. There are good alternatives that are being introduced every day … I think eventually it will be an open platform.”

Next, Evan Schnittman from Black Plastic Glasses had these thoughts: “I think Google Editions will be a major balancer in the world of eBooks. Search, find, buy in one fluid package [in online marketplaces] will help re-balance the world we live in now … Amazon is our biggest customers in this industry, there will be some serious thinking before we work around them.”

Larry Kirshbaum–a literary agent and former TimeWarner Books CEO–had a different perspective: “Let’s look at this from the consumer’s point of view, the consumer is getting a fabulous book in a really readable format … Even milliseconds can matter in transmission. The idea that the consumer is being forced to adapt to other formats is a tremendous waste … Long term I would like to see a non-proprietary world where the content competes across platforms.”

Michael Cader from Publishers Lunch concluded: “We should take to heart very seriously how much price has driven the eBook market thus far…We’re really focused on the things we think are reading devices. But the explosion that’s about to happen is with devices where reading isn’t the primary function, or even the secondary or tertiary function.”

OUP Executive Explains “Why Ebooks Must Fail”

img_0095-150x150.jpgEvan Schnittman, head of Global Business Development at Oxford University Press, opened his personal website yesterday with an evocative first post: “Why Ebooks Must Fail.”

While calling the current publishing model a “Ponzi scheme,” Schnittman outlined how stand-alone ebooks could quickly sink the industry. He explained how digital copies currently sell at least 50 percent discount from the cover price, upending a manufacturing and pricing structure that has stood for the last century.

Here’s an excerpt: “How do ebooks cover the huge advances needed to buy books if we cannot generate the cash, especially at their extremely low, discounted prices, cover the advances that an entire industry has come to require? The answer is that ebooks, alone, cannot … It means that the need for blended e plus p models will evolve, in order to take advantage of all the great qualities of ebooks, while providing the financial support and structure that print offers. It means that consumer ebooks, as a stand-alone version of an intellectual property, must fail.”