Will authors make more money from now on? Maybe, initially. But over time, the most likely outcome will be a steep drop in price for electronic books. Trade "paperbacks" will probably go down to the $3-5 range. Even at this level authors will make more money than with traditional publishers. We should also expect new formats that allow embedded media: video, audio, animations, and etc. One obvious choice would be a portable $1 application that feeds content, e.g. one episode at a time. Apple is already doing it with iTunes, and publishers, like New York Times or cable networks, will follow the model.
In 5-element analysis terms, this is a change in payload packaging, which usually precedes an expansion and drastic changes in other system elements.
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