The future of book publishing, censorship, and “cancel culture”

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Simon & Schuster will not distribute a book by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, one of the policemen who shot Breonna Taylor. But crucially, this is not a publisher cancelling a book — Simon & Schuster is the book’s distributor. Let’s take a look at all the choke points in publishing and how their reaction to offensive … Continued

How to spot a crappy self-published book (and make sure yours isn’t)

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Here’s a syllogism for you: A book will boost your reputation. It’s easy to self-publish a book. Therefore, a self-published book will boost your reputation. Not so fast. The problem is, most self-published books reveal themselves to be crappy and do more harm than good. Self-publishing is faster than working with a traditional publisher and … Continued