Yesterday morning Mike posted an essay titled "Amazon’s Competitive Advantages: Will They Extend to an eBook World?"
No, Amazon will lose its competitive edge in the electronic publishing world.
He says, "Amazon’s twin advantages in the physical book market are its huge customer base and its mastery of logistics."
After going on to explain why Amazon dominates the p-book market, he offers this zinger, ". . . we are probably at or near the high-water mark for Amazon’s dominance of ebook sales."
Mike then went on to give the five reasons why he thinks Amazon will soon topple from its dominant place at the top of ebook sales. Two of his reasons (the introduction of more e-readers and smartphones overtaking cell phones in the marketplace) are easy to accept.
The reason I found most interesting was this:
There will be increasing recognition that “retailing” . . . the file doesn’t entitle a vendor to nearly the same margin that “retailing” a physical product does. The days of retailers getting a pbook-like discount for ebook transactions are not going to last much longer.Again, this goes back to the subject I've been talking about here for some time.
The foundation on which the publishing industry rested was its ownership of the means of production. That foundation is shifting. Publishers and retailers will have to adjust their thinking to accommodate the change.
Go here to read Mike's entire article.