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The Great Divide: A Disheartening Conversation Between Book Author and Bookseller by Allison M. Dickson

Re-Blog from ALLISON M. DICKSON

Excerpt  “Authors, or any other creators of digital media for that matter, should not be branded as offensive simply because they have released their work in an outlet that is friendliest to their needs, and it shows a huge disconnect between retailers and creators whenever a store owner refuses to accept the hurdles that many independent producers face when they try to get their work into a retail market. Of COURSE we’re going to offer it electronically! You want to sell books, you put them in to every potential place where buyers exist. That’s not intended to be a personal slight against bookstores. It’s BUSINESS. It would be absolutely foolish to do otherwise. Should I be forced to take a hit to my revenue stream in order to protect an increasingly outdated business model owned by someone who would probably never carry my work in the first place if I’d had it printed myself, or who refuses to get with the 21st century and find new ways to cater to readers who have drifted on to new platforms? People all over the country who own small bookstores are changing up their establishments to appeal to readers in whole new ways. Check outPowell’s Books, who partnered with Kobo ebooks, or Politics & Prose with their nifty Espresso book machine. This is how you usher your bookstore into the new age. Not by tearing down local authors whose only sin was to write a book that they wanted to get into the hands of as many people as possible.”

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