Are Self-Pubbed Authors Killing the Publishing Industry?

Self-published authors have created a devaluing of the written word, and, some of them are scrambling to see how low they can go to get noticed.

My political compass, relative to presidential candidates.

My political compass, relative to presidential candidates.

NationStates: The People’s Republic of Xin Ci

Man… I played this game several years back and figured I’d give it another go ‘round. Looks like it has undergone some development over the years, but it’s still familiar. No ass-candy graphics here; just fun with simulated nation-building.

Here’s my nation, at the beginning:

The People’s Republic of Xin Ci is a fledgling, environmentally stunning nation, renowned for its strong anti-business politics. Its compassionate, cynical population of 5 million are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn’t gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

It is difficult to tell where the omnipresent, socially-minded government stops and the rest of society begins, but it is mainly concerned with Law & Order, although Education and Social Welfare are on the agenda. The average income tax rate is 52%, and even higher for the wealthy. Private enterprise is illegal, but for those in the know there is a slick and highly efficient black market in Furniture Restoration.

Crime is well under control, thanks to a well-funded police force. Xin Ci’s national animal is the Ant, which frolics freely in the nation’s many lush forests, and its currency is the Bong.

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Publishing Is Broken, We're Drowning In Indie Books - And That's A Good Thing

Last year I noticed that books were getting cheaper, but the writing was getting worse.  It started to get harder and harder to shop the Kindle store because I was either upset by the price of a book or the quality of its writing.  Accidentally, I had stumbled upon the new face of self-publishing.

Can self-publishing buy respect?

Authors who wanted to artificially inflate their book’s popularity could buy satisfied reader reviews, circumventing the tedious business of building relationships with readers, librarians and booksellers like those squares in traditional publishing insist you must.

Weys enjoys the wavy green sky fire before going off to eat a dragon’s soul.

Weys enjoys the wavy green sky fire before going off to eat a dragon’s soul.

Weys decided that he wanted to be a “thief”–the hood probably influenced his decision, as well as the lockpicking experience, even though it left a few things to be desired–and activated a superhero rock that brought down the power of a remote thief constellation onto Weys, or so he believed.

A nasty choon to spook the spirits and shake the bones.

My latest choons.