Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Spreadable media and the backlist.....

I've just read a really interesting post by author Kate Pullinger,  in which she discusses the term Spreadable Media, used by writer and academic Professor Henry Jenkins to explore issues around Distribution versus Circulation in our participatory culture.  It's a complex subject and touches on the opportunities offered by digital publishing, which are being taken up by a vast and growing community of writers - especially those of us with an out of print back list.
She refers to her own backlist being "stuck in a kind bookish version of hell.  Rights are spread across a number of different territories, some editions are in print, others are out of print - the whole thing is a big mess.  For the most part, these books are accessible to readers via the secondhand market only (AND DON’T GET ME STARTED ON THAT!).  None of them exist as ebooks.  So, as far as the online circulation model goes, they are dead.  ‘If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead’, Jenkins says.  I need to fix this."
I know what she means.....

Read the full article here http://www.katepullinger.com/blog/comments/spreadable-media/


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