Just a quick post today – Alan Baxter wrote a good article yesterday analysing the results of the Copyright Agency Limited survey on digital publishing trends in Australia. For our American readers, Australia is really still an infant compared to the massive ebook culture of the United States, so it might be an interesting look even for you.
It’s odd to imagine that something that is essentially place-less, like a digital file, can still be so territorially bound, but regional restrictions actually make it difficult for Australian readers to legitimately buy digital books that American readers take for granted (not to mention the incomparably poor pricing structures here).
I’ll let Alan introduce his own article:
CAL conducted a survey of members to learn more about their views of, and experiences with digital publishing in Australia. Over 2,000 CAL members responded, making this survey the largest of its kind in the Australian publishing environment.
I am inclined to be as surprised as he was at this (we both figured this number would be higher):
Around half of all authors and publishers create digital products
He also links to the full article in his post, so head over to: http://www.alanbaxteronline.com/2011/06/30/copyright-agency-limited-releases-results-digital-publishing-trends-survey.html
BTW, if you haven’t subscribed to Alan’s blog, ‘The Word‘, yet, you should.