Posted by FTL on December 24, 2011 at 12:20:29:
In Reply to: hot topic - self published fiction posted by LO on December 24, 2011 at 11:47:01:
What do I think? I think you are right. In fact, the explosion in self publishing is already happening. According to Wikipedia, In 2008, for the first time in history, more books were self-published than published traditionally. In 2009, 76% of all books released were self-published, and Amazon is a big part of it. The short-sightedness of the big publishers also part of it. They are no longer nurturing new writers. However, they WILL sign up a new writer if they self publish and sell a million copies (some have).
Hey, to today's big publishers, books are simply a business. They have no interest in art or the furthering of humanity through great ideas. They would not be the least bit interested in Kafka or Joyce or Marquez (unless they started selling a lot of books).
: Here's a hot topic, self publishing. With the major publishers having bought out all their competition and now only publishing books they think will sell a million copies, authors have no place to turn except to self publishing. Of course, in business, there is always somebody there to take advantage of any new situation, and as usual, Amazon.com was quick to respond. I just found out you can now self publish your book through Amazon for FREE! I'm not kidding. Whether you are publishing a paperback book or a Kindle ebook, they will publish it for you for free. Seems like this is going to create an explosion in self publishing. What do you all think?
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