Epublishers should get their act in order – says Jane of Dear Author

Dear Author has an excellent commentary today on how digital publishers must get their act in order. You should go over there and read the whole thing. It doesn't apply just to Romance publishing, but can be extended to all digital publishing, no matter what the gendre:

Picture 1.pngEpublishing is unquestionably a vibrant opportunity for publishers and authors but because it is relatively new to the publishing world, it is still viewed with suspicion and disdain. Because digital publishing is seeking legitimacy with readers, writers, and others, it needs to step up its game. First, there is the barrier to entry. According to a recent poll at DearAuthor, 58% of the respondents said that they don’t read ebooks because they don’t have an ereading device and don’t want to read on the laptop. This means that whatever being offered in digital publishing isn’t strong enough to overcome this barrier to entry.


Second, there is the quality issue. 43% of poll respondents had purchased more than five ebooks but still maintained a perception that the quality of digitally published books is lower than the quality of NY print published books. I believe this is due to a couple of things. First, it is fairly easy for anyone to start up an epublishing business these days particularly if the impetus is to publish works no one else will obtain.

Second, there is a certain segment of digital publishing that is publishing porn under the guise of romance thereby diluting the brand of serious romance digital publishers. I don’t think that there is anything wrong with publishing porn and profiting from it. I do have a problem with digital publishers coopting the romance genre for the sole purpose of attracting the large buying segment without actually delivering romance. Porn publishers should own up to what they are publishing and be measured against other porn publishers.

1 Comment on Epublishers should get their act in order – says Jane of Dear Author

  1. A lot of good points to the article, though I question one aspect of it: It’s one thing to decry inferior works and demand higher quality, and I’m all for that. But the article (naturally, considering the base of Dear Author) proceeds to criticize porn literature for “masquerading as” romance, and essentially labels it “inferior to” romance. To my mind, this is a lot like calling all science fiction “inferior to” adventure literature due to its similarities. A lot of people may not like reading porn, but assuming all of it is badly written simply by virtue of its more graphic subject matter is being overly broad and unfair.

    I can understand one genre not wanting to be confused for the other… but suggesting that all of that other genre is inferior is, I think, doing both genres a disservice. It could also be considered slightly insulting, suggesting that your audience can’t tell one from the other. I think most of us know porn when we see it (intentionally or not 😉 ).

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