Question for Mr. Brust

Sun Mar 12 17:38:00 PST 2006

>From: "Maximilian Wilson" <wilson.max at gmail.com>
>To: "Steve Hubbell" <usagigoya at hotmail.com>
>CC: dragaera at dragaera.info
>Subject: Re: Re: Question for Mr. Brust
>Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 18:10:58 -0700
>On 3/12/06, Steve Hubbell <usagigoya at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > >From: <mtiller at ntlworld.com>
> > >Not only production costs, but 100% of the sale price goes to the 
> > >whereas with dead tree versions, the standard markup for the store 
> > >the book is over 100%.
> >
> > Actually, standard (or conventional non-discounting) independent 
> > attempt to stay in business with a gross profit margin of less than 45% 
> > title,
>That may not be "over 100%" markup, but it's pretty close to 80%. Not
>a slur on booksellers, but there's obviously a lot more left over for
>the publisher and author when you cut an 80% markup out of the middle.
>Max Wilson

I just hope that publishers set up a good deal with instant print shops for 
printing books on demand because in another twenty years bookstores will be 
scarcer than honest politicians.

During the last twenty-odd years that I've been reading the Vlad Talto 
series by Steven Brust, the price of books (set by the publisher) has 
quadrupled and the number of bookstores in my city has dropped from 
approximately twenty down to three.

Personally, I think the publishers are going to screw themselves over with 
this in the long run, after they have finished undermining the booksellers