[FoRK] Kindle price slashed...

silky michaelslists at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 14:48:42 PDT 2009


On Fri, Oct 9, 2009 at 1:35 AM, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> 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.
>
> 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'm not thinking that the traditional publishing model would go; it
would just be available over a different medium. I agree with the
advantages of editors and so on.


> 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.
>
> Ken

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