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On which books make it to market

"... it's an uphill battle. An uphill battle on a craggy cliff that's quickly crumbling and shaking from the threat of piracy, digital book e-Readers, and the threat of retail bookstores disappearing in a cloud of bankruptcy."

Although Answerman from Anime News Network is talking more specifically about which mange series are chosen to be translated and released in the US, much of what he talks about can be generalized to the book market as a whole.

And that's a pretty powerful visual image....

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alicebentley
Jul. 11th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
Both ereaders and widespread free copying have indeed been good for a number of creative works, but this discussion was about one particular subset: licensed manga. For that subset, the ubiquitous scanlations have indeed warped the marketplace. A few titles have benefited from exposure they wouldn't have gotten, but there's been no question that it's had a quelling effect on sales of everything. So if you're a publisher considering whether to license and translate a series, knowing that the scanlation is easily available will change your expected overall sales.

The whole situation is still is such a state of flux, I can't see how anyone can make firm, correct predictions on near-term sales. I see a lot of potential down the road though.

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