Gatekeepers in a digital wasteland

Eve, Martin Paul (2013) Gatekeepers in a digital wasteland. The Author . ISSN 0005-0628

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It is already a cliché to announce the demise of the book in the wake of the digital revolution. While it might be unwise to
stake our futures on the printed-and-bound codex, it seems doubtful that a shift in the way words are delivered will result in the downfall of long-form writing itself. What does seem questionable, however, is the persistence of the current publishing model in which publishers act as gatekeepers. In the ‘democratised’ digital republic enabled by self-publishing, what threatens to remain is a wasteland in which the inhabitants elect their culture via a ballot of sparsely distributed consumer capital. The ‘book’ looks likely to persist. What may not is the current way in which we decide what is
worthwhile between the (digital) covers.

Keywords:publishing, open access
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P410 Electronic Publishing
Divisions:College of Arts > School of English & Journalism > School of English & Journalism (English)
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ID Code:11595
Deposited On:11 Aug 2013 20:00

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