Many publishers and booksellers today worry that ebooks face steeper odds competing with the wealth of other media now available on mobile devices.
But a more seldom heard fear is the one that publishers themselves may not be able to adapt fast enough to meet that competition head-on. After all, it isn’t just consumers’ approaches to mobile that publishers have to consider—it’s also their own.
As the author of a new report on the subject, Thad McIlroy points out many publishers think of mobile primarily as a matter of social media marketing. But it’s “also a content play,” he observes, “a mode of configuring your ebooks” for a slew of different devices.
“Most publishers already intuitively grasp this dizzying array of hardware- and platform-based variables when it comes to delivering mobile content, but few have sorted out the most effective means of doing so at every level of their organizations.”
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