In my last post, I suggested that publishing had moved from being run like an aristocracy to more like a democracy. This past week, the Los Angeles Times gave further evidence this revolution has and is taking place.
In their continuing series titled, The Future of Reading, they ran an article with the headline, Book publishers see their role as Gatekeepers shrink. In this piece they highlight a number of authors who are going directly to the people with their work and bypassing the traditional route. And not all of them are named Seth Godin.
The upshot is that writers can find virtual shelf space in the world’s largest bookstores without the help of conventional publishers. And the number of forums for online bookselling continues to grow.