[FoRK] Kindle price slashed...

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Thu Oct 8 07:43:33 PDT 2009


On Thu, Oct 08, 2009 at 09:35:23AM -0500, Ken Meltsner wrote:
> I  believe there are a couple of ways for authors to sell their books
> directly and keep most of the revenue.  Bad news is that the books
> available right now tend to be poorty written and nearly unedited.
> Even the ones by good authors would have benefited from some editing.

It seems that editing adds value, and hence would result in a product
that sells better. Same applies to marketing, of course, though for
some word-of-mouth should do plenty.
 
> Traditional publishing does "add value"; if nothing else, it filters
> out quite a bit of the dreck.  Good publishers clean up the text and
> (rarely these days, I think) have editors that work actively with
> authors to improve their books.  I can think of at least one author
> who had a true classic as a result of his editor's assistance, and a
> later book that fell far short because no one pushed him during the
> editing process.

I agree.
 
> Unbundling editorial services from the printing process is certainly
> possible -- in fact, given the decline of editing at most publishing
> houses, it already has -- but we need to convince authors that someone
> should tamper with their deathless prose and that's really hard if
> it's not a condition of sale.

Are there any obsessive-compulsive editors out there, who're not
in it for the filthy lucre?

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