Die, Big Dead Tree Publishing, Die!

Amazon, a Friendly Giant as Long as It’s Fed – NYTimes.com

While Mr. Zandri celebrates Amazon as the best thing to happen to storytellers since the invention of movable type, many other writers are denouncing what they see as its bullying tendencies and an inclination toward monopoly.

Yeah.  As if the absolute domination of the NYC Big Five gatekeepers, with their serfdom contracts, their royalty thefts, their endlessly delayed payments, their lifetime rights licensing, was not a far worse monopoly than anything Amazon ever dreamed of being.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Die, Big Dead Tree Publishing, Die! — 1 Comment

  1. Some of the “established” players, or those who fancy themselves players, or those who wish to be players, also resent the loss of the gatekeeper role.

    I’ve heard several serious, learned commenters complaining about the fact that just anyone can put together and publish a book now. Oh, they put in the obligatory “and that’s a good thing”, but everything else they said was a lament that the gatekeepers couldn’t keep out the racists and the climate change deniers and the others who don’t deserve to have a public voice. Blogging wasn’t mentioned, but I suspect these chin-pulling experts don’t much care for that phenomenon, either.

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