Rerouting the Connection

digital v print

By Sarah Evans

It is usually enough for a reader to select a book from a Barnes & Noble shelf and feel confident that the publishers of that book made that book worth her while. That book has filtered through the selection, editing, and advertising process to make the book desirable; in other words, it goes through a transformation before it finds its way the reader and completes the connection that is the goal of publishing.

However, Cory Doctorow, author of Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free, states in an article published by The Guardian that the distribution process of information has found its way around the lengthy – and believed by many to be the value-building – process of publishing a work, chiefly because of the Internet. Self-publishing, Doctorow believes, has changed the power dynamic between creators and publishers, and the way that connections are made to readers.

It also ties very well into the present debates over the value – perceived or deserved – of the e-book versus a printed book. Is this change in perceived value going to affect the economics of publishing, and the role publishers actually play in the process?

Doctorow’s full article can be found at the link below:

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2011/jun/30/publishers-internet-changing-role

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