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19 Dec 2013, 11:41 PM
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Apologies if this isn't news to you, but I'm now on my Christmas break, catching up with reality after a few months of intense work, and have only just noticed that Tesco are planning a move into ebook distribution.

Back in September Tesco spent $7.2 million to acquire the digital bookseller Mobcast. The intention is to integrate ebooks into their existing digital media service blinkbox as blinkbox books.

Mobcast currently offers about 130,000 books for Android and iOS, and it is likely that Tesco were originally planning to roll out the new service in January to complement their fast selling Hudl Android tablets. According to The Digital Reader the roll out has now been rescheduled for March.

I suspect having Tesco in the game may be good news for Nook and Kobo users*. Those with Android tablets will have another source of books, and the arrival of another major player in the ebook market should help to push down prices.

* For authors, not so much...
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21 Dec 2013, 03:11 PM
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I'm not familiar with these services. Why would they not be good news for authors?

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Book Two Founders' Effect
Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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21 Dec 2013, 08:20 PM
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(21 Dec 2013 03:11 PM)Thomas Watson Wrote:  I'm not familiar with these services. Why would they not be good news for authors?

Tesco are the biggest supermarket chain in the UK with about 30% of the market. (They also own the "Fresh & Easy" stores in the US, though are currently in the process of pulling out of that market.) They have a reputation for squeezing their suppliers' margins and so I wondered whether this would lead to pushing down the prices of ebooks and so reducing the author's cut even further.

However... current Blinkbox prices for films and TV programmes are by no means cheap - in fact that they are exactly the same price as charged by iTunes in the UK, which looks quite expensive if you are used to the Netflix or Lovefilm subscriptions. So perhaps Blinkbox are content to match existing suppliers for the moment. Alternatively it may be that the major film studios are big enough to dictate the prices to Apple and Tesco, but that might not be the case for book publishers.
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23 Dec 2013, 01:33 PM
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The way self-published authors have devalued their own market through massive giveaways and 99cent novels, discounts by retailers hardly seems like a major problem. Undecided

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Book Three The Plight of the Eli'ahtna
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Mr. Olcott's Skies
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