Thankfully, I’m not the first to have thought about this problem. The plethora of tools for creating content and platforms enabling the flow of digital goods from author to audience are evidence of highly lucrative motivations to solve this problem.
But I’m kept awake at the thought that this democratisation of publishing is leading us towards a terrible race to the bottom.
While the publishing industry desperately tries to find its feet in a new digital landscape, disruptive marketplaces for self-publishing are relentlessly trying to subvert them by creating an ebook market characterised by locking readers into proprietary platforms and ebooks so cheap the idea of making a living as an author is becoming ludicrously antiquated.
It’s this race to the bottom that has created an environment so ruthlessly unsustainable it’s beginning to erode the institutions responsible for writing, editing, producing, marketing, and distributing great work.
So I decided to do something about it.
By building an online bookstore founded upon a mutual respect between authors and readers, and the belief that publishing needs to be sustainable for the people who produce great work.
No algorithms. No top tens. No DRM. No bullshit. Just a curated selection of great ebooks, painstakingly handpicked by people who love reading. Bookselling the old fashioned way.
Let’s get started. If you’re an author, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell me about your book. If you want to know when the bookstore is open for business, subscribe to my mailing list below.
I can’t wait to bring this into the world.
Founder, Small Epic