Established mainstream authors like John Updike are furious with Google for scanning books into the public domain and they’re angry with publishers that choose to sell electronic editions of books — any book. We argue authors like Updike are angry because their specialness in publication is being ravaged by the equanimity and the equality of the digital publishing, print-on-demand, business model creeping into the book world.
Where once these “Big Name” authors were King Makers with power and influence
— everyone can now play on the same ground as them as the playing field is leveled and leavened in favor of the everyday and the accessible.
You create power and wield it when you can narrow access to minds and to the control of thoughts.
If everyone in the room with you — and even those out in the world at large — can go toe-to-toe with you to compete for the hearts and ideas of an ever-widening readership, your star shines less, your book advances dwindle, and your awards and certificates are diminished as the power is equalized.
Be wary of anyone claiming electronic publishing is bad for reading — and when you see that sort of strange protest — look for the threat to the backend profit the protester is making behind your back.