The effects of e-books

It took the US Postal Service quite a while to admit that email was affecting their First Class Mail business. It looks like publishers are admitting that e-books are affecting their business much faster.

If you walk into any of the big bookstores these days you'll see a fair number of horror books, but that won't be the case for long. The Leisure Books imprint of Dorchester Publishing, the only line of horror books from a US publisher, is officially moving to an e-book model. They'll no longer be publishing mass-market paperbacks. That particular niche of the publishing market is essentially gone and it's unlikely to return any time soon.

It's hard enough to make a living by being a fiction writer. It looks like it's going to get even harder in the future.

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