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Why Good Writers Can’t Sell Books in Bookstores
Tuesday, August 21, 2012 9:31 am Email this article
This Saturday, Aug 25, 2012, I will be giving a talk about my new book Medical Myths Doctors Believe at Books-A-Million in Bethesda, but I will not be allowed to sell the book in the store and the store will not carry the book for sale. Why? because Medical Myths is a print-on-demand book published by Amazon. The parent company of Books-A-Million has decided that their stores, as a policy, will not carry print-on-demand books.
Background. More and more of the few million Americans left who read anything, read e-books. Kindle, Nook, etc. Real bookstores can't compete on price, because they must pay more for rent and personnel. So surviving bookstores now are filled with gifts, doodads, knick-knacks, bric-a-brac and cappuccino. The books on the shelves are old classics or mainstream works by well-known authors. Among the few new books seeking to deal with reality, it is hard to find a ripple or a controversy. No publisher will take a chance. When I was marketing Medical Myths to publishers, none of them even sent me a form-letter rejection. They just don't care anymore. They have given up.
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