While I was reading the Time piece last week, the WSJ had a story bemoaning the decline of traditional publishing, arguing that we’ll miss those gatekeepers when they’re gone because they filter out the lousy books. As I said the other day, I think there are mechanisms that will arise to replace that gatekeeping role, based on my experiences in the fanfiction world. But I’ve also seen a couple of other writers make good points on the subject and wanted to share their thoughts:
Anne R. Allen makes a pretty good case that the switch to indie publishing will do away with artificial barriers to certain genres — bring back market forces that determine demand, to steal the economist’s perspective. Callie Kingston follows up with a point about how this makes books buying/selling an example of democracy in action.