The University of Michigan Press is going all-digital, baby. Does this make you more or less likely to seek out UMP as a publisher? I get the economic argument–but what kind of history authors in particular is this move going to attract? Given how status-conscious publishers are–and how relatively sought-after historians are after they’ve published a book already–I just don’t see too many second- or third-time authors agreeing to have their books published digitally.
Speaking as a reader–I spend enough time in front of glowing screens as it is. I’ve consulted some on-line books close to my own research, but I can’t say that I’ve “read” them. And, having a shelf of “books” printed out from the internets–that just sounds messy and unappealing.