The Morning Coffee – 17 August 2012

Here are a few stories to read this morning.

  • Publishing in 2002 vs 2012: Better, Worse or a Stalemate? (Publishing Perspectives)
  • Tech in the Tub: An E-Reading Field Study (TeleRead)
  • War Stories from an Old Whore:Why I Went Indie (IndieReader)
  • Why Self-Publishers Should Care That Penguin Bought Author Solutions (MediaShift)
  • About Nate Hoffelder (11394 Articles)
    Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

    2 Comments on The Morning Coffee – 17 August 2012

    1. I just don’t get on the co-author bandwagon. There are more books already written than I’ll ever live long enough to read, so I can’t see the need for one author to pump out so many books. I wouldn’t be able to read them. I sometimes read more than one book by the same author in a year, but that’s out side the normal pattern. Three books by same author would be extraordenary and I don ‘t think I’ve hit four in a decade or so. It’s easy to burnout on sameness, at least for me.

      But some readers must thrive on it. I wonder how far this trend will expand.

      • The thing about “co-authors” is that there is nothing new about it.
        Alexandre Dumas Pere did it 200 years ago. For some of “his” best works, in fact.
        More recently, the pulps did it all the time; the author on the cover might at best be the creator or even a pseudonym but the actual work of cranking out even a short novel every month was done by a small horde of ghost writers.
        The only difference is that Paterson is open about the fact that he is, in effect, a producer/editor instead of a writer on those titles, whereas the likes of Tom Clancy pretend they do all the writing. There are *some* hyper prolific writers that can crank out a novel a month but they are few and far between. The rest are just fronts for a “story mill”.
        The practice will work as long as the brand sells.
        And it sells because there is a significant market for disposable fiction; read it today–forget it tomorrow and move on to the next potboiler.
        There’s room for all kinds.

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