If you read anything about e-books this winter, read this…


Brian Kenney writes his first Publishers Weekly column:

What do I want to come in 2013? What I want is simple: more chaos.

I have no interest in trying to replicate our old print models or owning e-books. I’m enough of a librarian to want someone out there to maintain a permanent copy—but please don’t make it be me. My collection is dynamic and ever changing. There are few titles I want to access after three years, fewer still after eight. I want business models that will support this fluidity. I actually like the model created by HarperCollins—once reviled, now our BFF—but I would welcome different models. I’ll entertain paying per use or licensing for a year—or five years.