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Is self-publishing killing literature?
« on: May 21, 2014, 07:20:48 PM »
Recently, I've been hearing people complain about self-published market and how "wanna-be" writers are flooding the market with poor quality books (when it comes to grammar, style, story line and front cover appearance).

Although I think some of it is true, I also think this new market is priceless. People from all walks of life can now be heard. IMO, it's a symbol of freedom and equality.

What's your opinion?

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2014, 08:36:48 AM »
Not all ebooks are poorly written. The fact that anyone can now publish their own book and have it sold on the net gives everyone equal opportunity to leave a mark in literary world.

Why should anyone care about style, plot, originality or poor grammar if they don't buy the books? If there are some who buy them then quite obviously there's something about those books that appeals them.

p.s Not everyone wants to read classics. If a  story is entertaining, even if the grammar [ain't no good] I'll read that book.
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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2014, 11:05:43 AM »
I think that self-publishing is great.  Of course there are some poor quality self-published books but there are also some very poor quality books printed by the major publishers.  I think that, as is the case with most things, the quality material will rise to the top and the poor quality material will be ignored. 

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2014, 05:52:45 AM »
I don't think it is killing literature. On the contrary, I think it promotes literature. One really good advantage of it is that, it has leveled the playing field. Anyone who believes in one's ability to write a book can easily attempt to do it, without necessarily bowing to the demands of anyone or without necessarily investing a lot of money. The real struggle here is in gaining the respect of the readers and fellow writers, or the literature world in general. All respected writers have a combination of depth and an understanding of the medium- grammar, style, et cetera.


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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #4 on: September 10, 2014, 04:44:04 AM »
Well, Clickbank's success is based on the E-book market but like any other industry, you get poor quality stuff also. What really irks me is people who download an E-book and then try re-marketing it as their own work. It was much harder to pirate printed material.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2014, 01:29:00 PM »
I'm on both sides of the argument.

I love self-publishing because it's so easy, so cheap and opens the book market to absolutely everyone in the world. No more trying to get your manuscript looked at by snotty publishing-house editors. :)

I hate self-publishing because of all the idiots who think 3 pages constitutes an ebook, who can't put four words together into a coherent phrase and who try to sell their crap at $100 a pop because it took them so long to write!

If I had to choose, I'd come down on the "pro" side. Self-publishing may be killing hoity-toity literature, but it's certainly not killing the book business (assuming you include ebooks in that).

That said, I still love a paperback I can hold and read (and smell, mmmm!).

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 07:22:15 PM »
I love reading e-books, but I don't like when they are a little bit of pages and then you have to buy the other part if it's a continuation to another book.  It is waste of time when it could have finished in one book.  I love paperbacks too because you don't have to worry about charging it either.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2014, 01:48:19 PM »
In my opinion, I don't believe that at all.  If any thing, self-publishing is giving an opportunity to those who wouldn't be able to otherwise.  I hope that any individual that aspires to release a book through self-publishing would take all the necessary measures to ensure all aspects are up to par.  I honestly don't believe that someone who doesn't want to portray themselves as a serious writer would go through the process, and I don't belive believe someone who striding to earn credentials as a writer would produce a lackluster product.     

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2014, 05:31:34 PM »
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Well, Clickbank's success is based on the E-book market but like any other industry, you get poor quality stuff also. What really irks me is people who download an E-book and then try re-marketing it as their own work. It was much harder to pirate printed material.

Do you think this piracy is happening with Amazon's Kindle, Smashwords, and iBooks too?

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2014, 09:32:27 PM »
As a very voracious reader, I love self-published books.  I have found some wonderful Indy Authors on amazon.  I love the lower per-book prices and the responsiveness of actually talking to an author and interacting with them. 

Yes, there are some self-published books that are not good.  Some of them would be a good story with better editing.  Some of them are not to my taste or I just plain don't enjoy them.  That doesn't mean self publishing itself is bad. 

Traditionally published books end up with editing issues that make it into the final manuscripts too.  I have bought MANY traditionally published books that I ended up not liking or been angry with the way the series went.  I have seen the writing of best selling authors get repetitive and uninspiring because fans would buy their grocery list so the quality slips and they still get published. 

As readers, we vote with our dollars and support authors we enjoy or don't buy from authors who have a track record of poor editing or whatever. 

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #10 on: January 04, 2015, 10:34:36 AM »
It doesn't kill literature, but floods the market with books that may not have made the mark in a traditional publishing house. It does allow new authors to get their work out and many are successful and others still achieved the dream of being an author.

Self-publishing has been around for a while, only now it's affordable and more accessible. People still choose what they want to read, it's just that there is so much to choose from, advertising and marketing play a bigger part these days in a books success.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #11 on: January 04, 2015, 01:01:07 PM »
I don't think self publishing is killing literature at all, everyone has the right to write and publish, sure that some things won't have a superior quality, but others might surprise.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2015, 07:16:41 PM »
I think self publishing is AMAZING!
Yes there are some bad written self published books but just because you go though a major publishing company doesn't make your book all that much better.
There are also some top notch self published books and the best thing about them is that if they went through the big publishers they might have been cut down and nitpicked at so they had more creative freedom with their ideas.
Not only can you be free to write as you please, you are only put on a deadline that you put yourself in; not how a publisher may want you to get 5 books done in 2 years or something.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #13 on: February 05, 2015, 07:59:21 AM »
I think that it's a great equalizer - i.e. anyone can finally get their voice heard. Obviously, not everyone needs to be heard. Some of the quality isn't the best. But at least it gives everyone a chance.

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Re: Is self-publishing killing literature?
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2015, 09:05:09 AM »
I own a lot of hardcover and softcover books and I have to tell you that not all of them are that great. I even found typos in a couple of them. I think if someone wants to write, leave their mark then they should. It doesn't matter what method someone uses to publish there is always going to be a mix of well written material and bad written.

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