On Quality

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Oh my goodness, Kristine Kathryn Rusch has an amazing article this week about traditional publishing vs. indie and e-publishing.  There are so many great observations, I wish I could include them all! 

The fallacy is this: Readers believe that all traditionally published books are good.

Writers who spout that nonsense have lost touch with their inner reader. Because we’ve all read a truly crappy traditionally published novel, one that we find offensively bad.

The gist of the argument is this: Only traditional publishing companies can publish a quality product.

It also shows that at least on the editing side of things, traditional publishing does little to increase the quality of a book’s content.

From where I sit, it’s a lot easier to find quality books now than it ever was before.

And from where I sit, it’s a lot easier to publish a quality book than it ever was before.

And as for quality, who decides that? Not me, not you, and certainly not traditional publishers.

Readers decide if a book is quality or not. Readers, who plunk down their hard-earned dollars, that large percentage of their tiny entertainment budget.

An eye opening real assessment of publishing.  Go read the whole thing!

And then go finish that novel!

The Business Rusch: Quality | Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Publishers and Lawsuits?

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Justice Department Threatens Apple, Publishers With Lawsuits Over Alleged E-book Price Increases | Fox News


The Justice Department has warned Apple Inc. and five of the biggest US publishers that it plans to sue them for allegedly colluding to raise the price of electronic books

If successful, such a settlement could have wide-ranging repercussions for the industry, potentially leading to cheaper e-books for consumers. However, not every publisher is in settlement discussions.

Well this is interesting!  Publishers accused of jacking up ebook prices? 

You’ve probably seen it too, when you’re browsing books online.  I’ve noticed it on Amazon and wondered why the Kindle price of a book is higher than the print book price.  Well now we know. 

It looks for all the world that publishers are so desperate to keep the dead-tree print alive that they’ll inflate ebook prices, trying to drive customers to the print ones. 

Once you factor in shipping though, the ebook is still a better deal. 

I hope this lawsuit takes place.  I hope the publishers lose.  They should, for trying to cheat us like that.

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