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Mass Authorship and the Rise of Self-Publishing

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781609384456
Author(s): Timothy Laquintano
Format: Paperback
Year: 2016
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
Dimensions: 152 x 0 x 229 (w x l x h)
Pages: 240
Series: Impressions

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In the last two decades, digital technologies have made it possible for anyone with a computer and an Internet connection to rapidly and inexpensively self-publish a book. Once a stigmatized niche activity, self-publishing has grown explosively. Hobbyists and professionals alike have produced millions of books, circulating them through e-readers and the web. What does this new flood of books mean for publishing, authors, and readers? Some lament the rise of self-publishing because it tramples the gates and gatekeepers who once reserved publication for those who met professional standards. Others tout authors' new freedom from the narrow-minded exclusivity of traditional publishing. Critics mourn the death of the author; fans celebrate the democratization of authorship. Drawing on eight years of research and interviews with more than eighty self-published writers, Mass Authorship avoids the polemics, instead showing how writers are actually thinking about and dealing with this brave new world.
Timothy Laquintano compares the experiences of self-publishing authors in three distinct genres-poker strategy guides, memoirs, and romance novels- as well as those of writers whose self-published works hit major bestseller lists. He finds that the significance of self-publishing and the challenge it presents to traditional publishing depend on the aims of authors, the desires of their readers, the a Please click here to ask a question
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