Publishing Revolution

It will come as no surprise to anyone, but the Internet is upon us. And with the absolute freedom allowed to us with instant communication from anywhere to anywhere, it was only a matter of time before the literature began to flow. Printing and publishing is evolving in ways that will change everything, again.

It is now easier then ever for someone to share their creative work. People are able to make something, and share it to everyone on the planet with a push of the button. A story can go from the imagination to a screen ten thousand miles away quicker and easier then ever before.

I imagine that hundred’s of years ago, people must have had similar feelings when German’s started printing books at lightening speed. Gone were the days of hand-copying books in a monastery one page at a time. With the invention of the printing press, the publishing world must have been turned on its head.

No longer were books a special privilege of the wealthy. Literature could be distributed to everyone at record paces. Information was no longer controlled by a few people in charge. There are a lot of similarities between then and now.

With electronic publishing, the power is, in theory, given to the writer. No longer is the creativity of writers restrained by the whims of a handful of publishers. Much how the printing press gave access to the masses to the world of books, electronic publishing gives us access to works that would have never seen the light of day just a few years ago.

In his pretend life, August Baker is a retail monkey who channels anger and loathing into something vaguely resembling literature. In his real life, he is a Space Pirate.

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