This discussion gave me a lot of food for thought regarding the future of publishing and the publishing industry. I found the discussion of self publishing to be particularly interesting. I had previously heard some of the stories about self publishing but I wasn’t, until that point, aware of who used it and how it worked. From what I gathered, it seems that self publishing websites provide an interesting means for people to publish books that are too far outside of the mainstream to be picked up by established publishing houses. I also wonder if self publishing could become more important in the future. It seems to me that, as technology improves and publishing houses become increasingly obsolete, self publishing could easily become more commonplace and well known. Perhaps eventually, more mainstream novels, such as modern literary fiction, could be successfully self published. Obviously people are creatures of habit and many people are used to the way that the publishing industry is run, but I could certainly see a form of self publishing slowly growing to displace publishing houses over time, especially as book stores become displaced by online vendors and paper books become become displaced by their virtual counterparts. I was also surprised to hear about the way that academic publishing is being conducted. I didn’t really know anything about academic publishing and I was surprised to learn just how inefficient the system was. It was also interesting to me how the inefficiency in the system was the vestige of a different era when publishing houses were more integral to the process. It seems to me that the system is due for a major upheaval and that academic publishing houses will eventually have to redefine their role in the process in order to avoid becoming obsolete.
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