Grisham and ebooks

Yesterday’s Wall Street Journal carried a story about the release of John Grisham’s newest novel, The Confession. This is his first novel to be released simultaneously in both hardback and ebook, and his publisher reports that about one-third of the first week’s copy sales were in electronic downloads. That a bestselling author like Grisham recognizes the growing market for ebooks is further evidence of the changes taking place in the publishing business. Amazon is selling The Confession in hardback for $15.48, a deep discount on the suggested retail of $28.95. At the same time, the e-book is priced at $9.99. How much the concurrent ebook release affected the hardcover price is hard to say, but there can be little doubt that epublishing is driving overall book prices downward at the expense of traditional publishers and brick and mortar bookstores. At the same time, self-epublishing programs such as those being offered by Amazon and Barnes and Noble are opening up distribution to legions of new authors. We are seeing a true revolution in books and publishing and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

About glcraig

Gretchen Craig’s lush, sweeping tales deliver edgy, compelling characters who test the boundaries of integrity, strength, and love. Told with sensitivity, the novels realistically portray the raw suffering of people in times of great upheaval. Gretchen was born and raised in Florida. She’s lived in climates and terrain as diverse as the white beaches of the Gulf Coast, the rocky shores of Maine, and the dusty plains of Texas. Her awareness of place imbues every page with the smell of the bayous of Louisiana, the taste of gumbo in New Orleans, or the grit of a desert storm. Rich in compelling characters and historical detail, Always and Forever is a sweeping saga of Josie and Cleo, mistress and slave. Amid Cajuns and Creoles, the bonds between these two remarkable women are tested by prejudice, tragedy, and passion for one extraordinary man. Gretchen’s first novel won the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence for Mainstream with Romantic Elements and was chosen as an Editor’s Pick in the Historical Novel Society reviews. Ever My Love, winner of the Booksellers Best Award from the Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America, continues the story of Cleo and Josie’s families, of their struggle for principle, justice, and love in a world where the underpinnings of the plantation culture are crumbling. Crimson Sky, inspired by the pueblos, mountains, and deserts of New Mexico, evokes the lives of people facing neighboring marauders and drought. Now the march of Spanish Conquistadors up the Rio Grande threatens their homeland, their culture, and their entire belief system.
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