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I say, old chap, you forgot the "u" in "colour."

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Daily Blah for... Wednesday, June 10, 2009

The Writing on the Page
It's official: on-demand publishing is the future. Last year was the first that the number of self-published titles outweighed the number distributed by traditional publishers, large and small. Meanwhile, the mighty Amazon is dipping a toe in the waters with its new on-demand imprint, AmazonEncore. True, the publishing industry still sells the most copies overall, by far. But if there's anything we have learned over the last decade about digital trends, it's that they ramp up fast. Little, Brown et al should savor their last couple of years of three-martini lunches.

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