The lines are getting blurred in the book world. I still prefer to go with a traditional paper publisher, but they do seem to be standing on the pier waving the future goodbye.
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Kobo to become a publisher
Kobo, the firm behind Indigo's eReader device, is set to tackle publishing. (Canadian Press)
Canadian-based e-book seller Kobo is following in Amazon's footsteps and creating a publishing arm that will deal directly with authors, CBC News has learned.
Kobo, whose major shareholder is Indigo Books, will roll out its program sometime next year, according to CEO Michael Serbinis.
Like Amazon, which announced two weeks ago that it would be publishing 122 original titles this fall, Kobo will be offering complete publishing services for authors, including book editing and design.
"It's part of the new market and if you expect to be a number 1 player in that market globally it's table stakes — you have to provide it," Serbinis told CBC News.
Kobo CEO Michael Serbinis has confirmed his company will move into publishing. CBC
Amazon's move into publishing cuts out the middle man — the traditional publisher — and promises writers more of the proceeds from their e-book sales.