Monday, May 3, 2010

The Rise of Self-Publishing

An interesting look at the self-publishing industry -- no longer the province of cranks and bad writers that can't get published, it's become a new avenue for quality writing that would otherwise go unnoticed during a time when the traditional publishers are producing fewer and fewer books each year.

Cheap, digital-publishing technology — especially print-on-demand options, which let individual buyers essentially commission copies of books — has been a godsend to writers without agents or footholds at traditional publishing houses. It has also been a quiet godsend to literary history. Books that defy traditional classification now appear in print, and reprints of public-domain titles account for the biggest category of self-published books. (There are more reprints published than traditional books.)

There's always hope for us aspiring writers!


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