When Kent Hesselbein and I were discussing directions for St. Clair Publications on Thursday evening, one topic was the fact that some large Publishing Companies have filed for Chapter 13 protection under the bankruptcy laws. This is a shame, but it is caused by two major factors: the weak economy and the shift to digital books. Even a great many of the textbooks used today are e-books.
We already encourage authors to have their work converted to electronic format, and have a great working relationship with Amazon on Kindle versions. One of the directions we are looking at is a generic-type e-book format which can be sold on our website and those of our authors which may be used for a variety of e-readers.
Our goal is to not only stay strong in our marketplace, but to improve both our products and services for a stronger future in our electronic world.