David and Goliath: Independent Authors and Publishers Versus the Conglomerate Book Model

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How Mobile Publishing Can Save the Future of the Independents

When I began working with the largest eBook distributor in Israel, Yaron Goldstein, one of the first things he told me was that the Israeli publishing community had never experienced the  phenomenon of Amazon and eBooks.  In other words, there was no rise of the giant conglomerate to attempt the take-over of the digital reading market the way it had happened in the United States.  Mr. Goldstein put it rather simply to me, however, when he said, “Why should I give 30% of my money to Amazon?”  Why, indeed!

There was a lot made about the “Netflix for books” business model.  Perhaps Smashwords spoke most coherently about it.  Of course, they had signed a deal with Oyster, one of the outfits that offers the “all you can read buffet.”  Hugh Howey, the former indie supporter came out in favor of the Amazon Kindle Unlimited experience for the reader and author.  Of course, he was one of the “lucky ones” to receive a “non-exclusive” contract agreement to sell his titles through Amazon.  Even the Huffington Post came out with the article to assess the overall playing field for the author in these days of “streaming content.”

Yaron and I are working together to provide a better model for authors.  Our model says that mobile publishing is the only way indies can stay competitive against this tidal wave of greedy profiteers in the “land of the corporate giants.”  Make no mistake.  The authors are the ones losing out in the long run with the corporate business model.  It’s basic economics.  Karl Marx even talks about it in Das Capital.  If the business person (yes, an author is also a business person) does not own the means of production, then he will always remain subservient to the overlord.  What is never discussed in these articles about Safari, Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited and Playster, is the fact that they own the means of production.  In other words, without the ability to create and distribute your own intellectual property, independent authors will remain patsies to the Goliaths in this world.

My company, EMRE Publishing, LLC and its product, the Embellisher™ Mobile Publishing and Marketing platform, is the David who can fight this Goliath.  Our slingshot is what will give our clients the edge.  Mobile distribution of books allows authors to become the controllers of their destinies.  No other means of getting your books in front of readers’ eyeballs will allow you to collect 100% of the profits directly into your bank account the way our platform does.  This is the main reason Yaron came on board, and this is why we’re willing to work with any independent who wants to experience the freedom of getting their “ducks in a row” in order to establish a brand that won’t be taken under by the conglomerate model of book sales looming on the horizon.

What the “big boys” won’t tell authors is the fact that, with the right technology, they can compete.  Well, guess who’s telling you and giving the chance to compete?  Will you become a David and fight the Goliath?  Or, will you get a non-exclusive contract to sell your eBooks on Amazon’s (or any other system) business model?  Fat chance.  You had better already sold several million copies, dude.  At least with our mobile publishing model, you stand a chance at rifling-in and reaching your audience.  And, once you entertain them with multimedia, a good story and your fascinating charm, you’ll have them forever.  The public understands basic economics also.  Most don’t want to give away their money to a middleman (either a publisher or distributor), so why not give it to the author?  Return the profit to the creator of the goods and services!  What a concept.  Who can’t understand that logic?

We want to make you the owner of the means of production.  You can even use it on your server.  Once you create, polish and market your work, you should earn the profits.  That’s our business model.  If you see us at the BEA in May, we’ll be the ones saying, “Me Tarzan.  You Jane.  Me want take you out of Amazon jungle!

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