(Published on Monday, September 10, 2012)
In the digital era, time is measured in milliseconds, and downloading an entire book from a server on the other side of the world only takes a few seconds. So how much time can it take to publish a new book?
Besides the obvious time consuming issues like authorization and format conversion, the most important problem is efficiency. People are expensive, in comparison to processors and software, and it is much more efficient to stock-pile new additions and process them, let's say, on a once-a-week basis.
This results in a distribution delay that could easily take one or two weeks. For example, if a publisher releases a new title on the first of the month, it might take 5 to 10 days before the book becomes available with the ebook resellers, and another 5 to 10 days before the print-on-demand paperback is readily available. In other words, if E-Reads releases Smugglers of Gor on October 1st, it might still take two or three weeks before the book is available in every conceivable format.
With this in mind, we asked E-Reads if they are "still on schedule for a *release* in October, 2012?"
Their answer should make the heart of every Gor fan beat a little faster:
"Yes, [...] we're still on track for approximately October 1 release. The cover will be the same style as all the others. [...] We haven't selected a cover but as soon as it's made we'll send it to you."
Check in next week when we hope to share some quotes from Smugglers of Gor.