So I’ve been including a list of things that e-commerce platforms have and eBook platforms don’t (and eBook platforms give more data than just royalty statements and more timely as well). But now I don’t have to write it up into a blog post, because Baldur Bjarnason has this fantastic article up:

From what I’ve seen, there is no difference between the self-publishing platforms and the aggregators in this regard. They all seem to concentrate first an foremost on self-publishing as identity production, as a social network and role that authors inhabit and pay no heed to publishing as a business.

Here are the absolute basics of what an ecommerce-oriented ebook publishing platform should provide, above and beyond the tools available in the existing platforms.