At a recent meeting of the Women's Media Group in New York, Madeline Mcintosh, Amazon.com's former Director of Kindle Content Acquisition for Europe and current President of Sales, Operations and Digital at Random House discussed the industry practice of windowing, which is a philosophy of delaying the e-book edition of a big book under the theory that the lower priced e-book might siphon off sales from the higher priced and of course, higher profit margin, hardcover book.
expressed both her
personal opinion and that of her
employer, Random House
, when saying that she
believes publishers have an obligation to both the reader and the author to produce their work in multiple formats simultaneously so the the reader has his
choice of content delivery.
went on to comment about online piracy and the growing threat it poses if publishers do not create a strategy for delivering the content users want in the format they chose, all in a timely fashion.