Publishing in the Post-Gutenberg Age
Briefly, if you're a poet or writer, the challenge of the Post-Gutenberg Age is for you to realize that there isn't any reason why you shouldn't sell your books directly to the reader, that you can, and that in fact there is every reason why you should.
For my most comprehensive discussion of this subject, see my essay, "The Post-Gutenberg Revolution: A Manifesto," in my book The Myth of the Enlightenment (2014).
“It makes increasingly less sense even to talk about a publishing industry, because the core problem publishing solves — the incredible difficulty, complexity, and expense of making something available to the public — has stopped being a problem.” Clay Shirky, “Newspapers and Thinking the Unthinkable.” March 13th, 2009
"Once you see this pattern—a new story rearranging people’s sense of the possible, with the incumbents the last to know—you see it everywhere. First, the people running the old system don’t notice the change. When they do, they assume it’s minor. Then that it’s a niche. Then a fad. And by the time they understand that the world has actually changed, they’ve squandered most of the time they had to adapt...." Clay Shirky, "Napster, Udacity, and the Academy." November 12, 2012
From The Poetry Foundation report, "Technology: Poetry and New Media." January 2009.
"Frederick Glaysher, the founder of Earthrise Press, is a dynamic presence among the advocates of self-publishing
and adopting the independent music model of direct purchase from artist to consumer."[search > Glaysher] http://www.poetryfoundation.org/foundation/newmedia-StevensReport.html
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