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A SILVER LINING IN BOOKSTORES’ DARK HOUR

Writers can get out from under overlords of publishing

July 31, 2011

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ALTHOUGH JAMES Carroll writes that the closing of Borders reflects “a massive cultural impoverishment,’’ he also points out that these big book chains have played a role in narrowing the range of published books to the point that “the entire book culture was being gutted’’ (“As stores die, so does book culture,’’ Op-ed, July 25). What he overlooks is that writers now have the opportunity to transform the book publishing industry through low-cost self-publishing, using both e-books and print-on-demand hard copies.

This opportunity allows writers to be in charge of what is published and readers to be in charge of what is read, bypassing the overbearing overlords such as profit-oriented publishers, literary agents, and the remaining big chain book stores who together previously dictated what books people should read.

John L. Hodge
Jamaica Plain
The writer is a self-published author.