The usefulness of blogs and social media

The ongoing disagreement between Amazon and Hachette has led me to happily realize a good example of an actual usefulness for twitter and blogging. I’ve been able to follow this debate thru twitter to various blogs on the subject. I’ve enjoyed the extensive analysis by Hugh Howey, David Gaughran, and others. I was also glad to see that Amazon posted an explanation on their motives and decisions. Very interesting.

This particular usefulness covers a robust and interesting debate that has flushed out the details of how traditional publishers and e-book vendors compensate authors and the difference between the two. It boils down to more options for both consumers and authors, and that is always a good thing.

As a new writer, and hopeful soon-to-be published author, this debate has helped me make informed decisions regarding how and with whom I want to publish my books. As is the case with any type of business, I think there is room for both types of publishing and that a fair compensation for all parties involved is possible. And why not? What’s good for the consumer is ultimately good for everybody.

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