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To Publish Online or Not to Publish Online? That is the Question.

Emaan Wardak, Staff Writer

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When most people talk about how technology has changed this day and age, they might be thinking about CGI in movies or the headway into robotics and other such things. However, most people don’t think about how technology has changed one of the world’s oldest medians: books, more specifically novels.

Some people would say that they prefer to hold an actual book in their hands as they read it, however, the newer generation would most likely disagree with this. Today online books such as e-books and kindles dominate the publishing industry. Some authors prefer to publish their work online to improve their chances at a greater outreach as well as a better chance of hitting their core demographic (which seems to be teens to young adults currently). However, for publishers, this is their worst nightmare. There’s a lot of people who believe that the traditional way of publishing is always the more superior way compared to the new wave of online publishing. Their main argument is that most online books have poorer quality since publishers can’t review them and appraise their quality. Though people have the counterargument that one publisher alone can’t test the worth of a novel since everyone has different tastes and the publisher themselves might not be part of the demographic the author is trying to reach.

New authors themselves are split on this topic. Some authors who prefer online publishing claim that it’s a great way to be independent from publishers and in turn, they have more freedom with their novel. Of course people who prefer traditional publishing say that a official publication house would better advertise their novels and that people who trust the label would be more likely to read/buy their novels.

Despite the chaotic viewpoints, the wave of online publication doesn’t appear to be fading away. All in all it seems that the conflicting sides all boil down to preference.

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