Online sites like The Huffington Post, The New Yorker, ABC News, The Boston Globe, Politico and Vanity Fair are wrestling their way into the book publishing arena by publishing their own version of e-books! As serialized stories and/or one-time complete books … but, usually shorter than the grand old novels. Selected book stories are usually “mid-length content that runs too long for shrinking magazines and are too pamphletlike to credibly be called a book.”
The book is undergoing a structural overhaul that will allow faster, cheaper, more direct and more timely publication to the audience … not to mention faster reading and consumption by the consumer.
This all equates to books chronicling real time events in the world … How about calling them ‘news books’ or ‘current affairs Books’ 🙂
In E-Books, Publishers Have Rivals: News Sites
Now they have to contend with another group elbowing into their territory: news organizations.
Swiftly and at little cost, newspapers, magazines and sites like The Huffington Post are hunting for revenue by publishing their own version of e-books, either using brand-new content or repurposing material that they may have given away free in the past.
And by making e-books that are usually shorter, cheaper to buy and more quickly produced than the typical book, they are redefining what an e-book is — and who gets to publish it.
On Tuesday, The Huffington Post will release its second e-book, “How We Won,” by Aaron Belkin, the story of the campaign to end the military’s “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. It joins e-books recently published by The New Yorker, ABC News, The Boston Globe, Politico and Vanity Fair.
The books occasionally snap up valuable spots on best-seller lists — “Open Secrets,” an e-book published by The New York Times, landed in the No. 19 spot on The Times e-book nonfiction best-seller list in February.
“Surely they’re competing with us,” said Stephen Rubin, the president and publisher of Henry Holt and Company, part of Macmillan. “If I’m doing a book on Rupert Murdoch and four magazines are doing four instant e-books on Rupert Murdoch, then I’m competing with them.”