Re: RARA-AVIS: kindle query

From: davezeltserman (
Date: 05 Nov 2009

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    In an e-book only world this vetting would make little difference since only the biggest names would have any visibility in these e-book stores. At that point it wouldn't matter who was publishing them.


    --- In, "phred deVecca" <frogprod@...> wrote:
    > one of the things that publishing companies do now and that they could and probably would still would do, even if e-books cause the total demise of the bricks and mortar bookstore as we know it, is act as a filter
    > yes- everyone and his or her brother and sister could directly publish their e-book to Amazon but who would sort the wheat from the chaff? That is a service publishers do now even if we do not really think about it. Anyone can self-publish a book now but I do not believe I have ever read or bought one. I buy books published by publishers We count on publishers to sort through the crap and only publish the "best" stuff.
    > Sure a lot of crap gets published and a goodly amount of good stuff does not, and decisions are made on crriteria other than quality, like what's hot and sell-able, but basically we trust the established procedures and pick what we want to read by reading trusted reviewers and listening to other readers. - but it's generally stuff that has made its way through the maze of what publishers deem worthy, however that is defined.
    > Some way would probably be found for "publishing houses" to still exist in an e-world, simply as trusted filters, which "publish" and promote, so we have merely thousands of titles to choose from rather than billions
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