Publishers Go Digital

Friday, September 10, 2010 - 9:02am

E-readers are quickly replacing ink and paper.

The mad dash to e-readers has convinced a major publisher has decided to go all-digital.

It's yet another example of how e-reading has so quickly turned the literary industry on its head.

For Dorchester Publishing, one of the country's oldest at paperback publishers, the writing on the wall was "digital".

"It's a marketplace decision," says Dorchester's Tim DeYoung. "Over the past few years there's been a tremendous loss of space to do mass market paperbacks."

There's an abundance of space for those paperbacks, though, in the digital world.

After a 25-percent drop in sales at retailers like Walmart last year, Dorchester's decision to go digital with its romance, mystery, and action books was an easy and profitable one.

"We've taken a couple of authors from a couple of hundred, 300 hundred copies a week, to over 15,000 copies in a couple week span of e-books sold," DeYoung says.

Dorchester is among the first to go all-digital in publishing, but there are others opting for on-screen rather than hands-on reading including travel guide publisher Lonely Planet.

Even the publishers behind the tried, true and traditional Oxford Dictionary, which has been in publication for 126 years are said to be mulling a move to an online-only version.

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