Cover to Cover #457: Listener Questions

The new "Cover to Cover" will be switching to an every other week schedule, mostly to give the guys and the listeners time to do the actual work required... MRM doing the writing for Mistress of the Dragon, and the listeners doing the assignments and asking questions via voicemail.

And don't worry, author interviews will still be part of the show, but the conversations may turn more towards craft, marketing and other topics related to the ongoing discussions.

Listener Questions: Alison in Denver airs her frustrations about the ever-increasing prices of ebooks, seemingly changing from week to week, and asks whether there's a guideline for consumers to effectively register their complaints about the out of scale ebook prices.

Therissa from Annapolis asks the guys if perhaps the demise of the major chain bookstores might lead to a resurgence of local, independent and niche booksellers.

Ben in Tampa relates a story about an April 2011 episode of Adam Carolla's podcast where he talks at length about the problems he's running into doing his own version of his audiobook.

Submitting Listener comments: If you have any suggestions or comments, please let us know!

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  1. An interesting post & discussion over on Charlie Stross's blog that Mike & Mike might want to get their teeth into:

    Does DRM on ebooks hasten the demise of the Big 6 (plublishing houses) and play straight into the hands of Amazon? What can authors (especially those without an established brand) do about it?

  2. Hey guys- welcome back!
    Ok, a question; websites; what elements do you think one needs? And what tools would you use to build those elements? Thanks!

  3. Ben McSweeney says

    Related to the ebook pricing question, this seems like something I'd enjoy getting your feedback on:

    In a nutshell, an EU commission has opened an inquiry into whether Apple and five publishers (Hachette Livre, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Pearson's Penguin and the owner of the Macmillan imprint, Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck) have "conspired to fix the price of ebooks."

    And if I can get a two-fer, how much longer do you think it will be before the obvious "give a copy of the ebook when you buy the hardback" deal finally gets made? What holds it back? It seems like a pretty obvious marketing move that potentially increases sales of both media.