03/01/2011 03:16 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Book Publishers: Wake Up And Smell The eBook Disruption

The writing has been on the wall for some time in the book publishing business: platforms like Amazon's Kindle and the iPad have caused an explosion of e-book publishing that is continuing to disrupt the industry on a whole series of levels and reshape the future of the book, as Om has written about in the past. And evidence continues to accumulate that e-books are not just something established authors with an existing brand can make use of, but are also becoming a real alternative to traditional book contracts for emerging authors as well -- all of which should serve as a massive wake-up call for publishers.