print-on-demand publishing

Why we don’t need Books in Print

Books in Print recently complained (somewhere — I can’t find the link) about the number of books out there. It seems the Great Guardian of the Book Industry has been overwhelmed by self-publishers randomly publishing books.

Heck, anybody can publish a book now. I mean, anybody.

The horror.

Is it the end of books as we know it? Is it a problem? Is good writing going to die? Should we, like Bowker, be concerned?

Here is my take:

1. It’s the end of books as we know it.

Thank God.

Books have been choked and strangled for too long. Editors and corporation with far too much power to decide what the world reads decided what the world could read.

Should read. Did read. Continue reading