Since it was impossible to include everyone, we offer this listing below as a mere snapshot of the emerging business models in this exploding field. Browse this list to get an idea of how today's book publishers sell their wares--both printed and electronic--online. By spending just a few minutes on the Internet yourself, you will probably find even more companies . . .
WHO: www.agoodbook.com, "Your basic $4.95 download"
WHAT THEY SELL: e-books downloadable for $4.95; the site has an association with www.amazon.com
WHAT FORMAT: PDF, HTML.
WHO: www.amazon.com, "Earth's biggest selection"
WHAT THEY SELL: printed books, CDs, gifts, DVD and video, electronics, software, toys, video games, tools and home improvement equipment.
WHO: www.americanmpc.com (MPC Research)
WHAT THEY SELL: e-books only (average price $9.95). Subjects include space and ocean exploration, science and technology, U.S. and Russian military, U.S. national parks and monuments
WHAT FORMAT: e-books available on CD-ROM.
WHO: www.bb.com (BiblioBytes)
WHAT THEY SELL: FREE e-books in many categories
WHAT FORMAT: HTML.
WHO: www.bn.com (Barnes and Noble)
WHAT THEY SELL: printed books (including out-of-print titles) from various publishers, electronic books, CDs, prints, posters, software, magazines, gifts, calendars, Rocket eBook reading device ($199)
WHAT FORMAT: e-books are downloadable and can be read on a Rocket eBook reading device.
WHO: www.book24x7.com (Books 24x7.com)
WHAT THEY SELL: technical reference e-books and printed books (through partnership with barnesandnoble.com) for IT professionals. For e-books, publishing partners include Artech House, Macmillan Computer Publishing (Que and Sams), O'Reilly & Associates, Osborne/McGraw-Hill and Sybex
WHAT FORMAT: a browser can view the entire content of an e-book before purchasing. On subscription basis: multi-seat subscriptions are $149 per seat annually, two to 10 seats (visit their Web site for price quotes for more than 10 seats); single-seat subscriptions are $24.95 per single month or $17.95 per month (minimum of two months), and $199.00 annually.