Vallik says that these digital projects require a short development time, and offer both authors and publishers a whole new market opportunity. In addition, they’re attracting new writing talent to Harlequin. And in an ironic twist, the “Spice Briefs” have proven so popular that Harlequin is slated to release a print anthology in early 2009.
“Get out there and experiment,” advises Vallik. “You don’t know what’s going to work. Sometimes you’ll be totally surprised.”
Nick Bogaty, a longtime e-book advocate, past executive director of IDPF and currently senior business development manager at Adobe, offered perhaps the most telling comment at Digital Book 2008 when he said: “For the first time, we’re seeing real consumer demand for e-books, with the product’s development being supported by sales.” No doubt good news for a book format still only in its infancy.
Laura Dawson is a 20-year veteran of the book industry, specializing in technology issues.
Laura Dawson is CEO of Numerical Gurus, LLC, consulting company providing services to the information, librarym and book industries. Dawson has consulted to numerous organizations in these verticals, primarily focusing on solving problems related to metadata, identifiers, Linked Data, semantic web applications, and structured content.