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09 February 2014

Self-Publishing Debate Between People-Powered Publishing Struggle, Libraries, Publishers, Information Industry, etc.,

PS. This debate gets a new life with a  link that is now @ Toronto Public Library's Information for Self-Published Authors.

“Whatever you may have heard, self-publishing is not a short cut to anything. Except maybe insanity. Self-publishing, like every other kind of publishing, is hard work. You don’t wake up one morning good at it. You have to work for that.” Zoe Winters; 
“In old days books were written by men of letters and read by the public. Nowadays books are written by the public and read by nobody.” Oscar Wilde (Goodreads
-- See more quotes about writing, reading and publishing, here

Library side of the debate:
The following is the summary of three articles to show the true colors:
"In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the concept of book self-publishing for fiction and nonfiction began to loom large in the North American publishing universe. As traditional mainstream publishers consolidated and were often loathe to take chances on unknown writers whose books might not turn immediate profits, some authors found that fewer and fewer publishing venues were open to them. As a result, new self-publishers—collectively called “author services” or print-on-demand (POD) publishers—appeared alongside subsidy (or vanity) publishers. Against the background of an increasing corporatization of mainstream publishing, book self-publishing can theoretically be situated as one of the last bastions of independent publishing. This article examines how academic and public libraries dealt with the book self-publishing phenomena during 1960–2004. To what extent did libraries collect fiction and nonfiction published by self-publishing houses? Can any patterns be discerned in their collecting choices? Did libraries choose to collect more titles from “author services” publishers than subsidy publishers?" Dilevko, Juris  and Keren Dali, The self-publishing phenomenon and libraries, Library & Information Science Research, Volume 28, Issue 2, Summer 2006, Pages 208–234
"The boom in self-publishing has created a market of hundreds of thousands of new books a year. The Library of Congress doesn’t catalog most of these. Is it fair to dismiss these books as “vanity publications,” or are there some valuable resources in this book glut for collections-development librarians to explore? Are there sensible ways of acquiring these books? And how do Web searches affect types of content we haven’t always seen as having value?" Dawson, Laura. The Role of Self-Publishing in Libraries, In Library Trends 57 (1) Summer 2008: 43-51
The discussion of self-published titles in libraries has increased in recent years, in direct proportion to the angst surrounding ongoing ebook licensing negotiations with major traditional publishers. Prompted by the prospect of limited availability of popular titles or higher prices—probably both—­librarians are understandably weighing alternatives that might satisfy readership demands.

There are, however, very real barriers that must be overcome before self-publishing is likely to be even a small component of many collection efforts. Some barriers will fall away naturally as this growing market gains momentum and filters its way into downstream publishing markets like libraries, while others will require a more concerted advocacy effort to overcome. ... [continue reading:  Stigma; Availability; Scale & discoverability; Reviews; Enthusiasm vs. demand; Consider a different approach]. What’s the Problem with Self-Publishing?  by Josh Hadro, Library Journal, 2013.
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Major changes proposed for those awaiting citizenship - canindia.com

  • Would-be Canadians to wait longer for citizenship as Tories toughen language and knowledge rules, National Post
  • Major changes proposed for those awaiting citizenship, canindia.com:
Here are some of the highlights of the proposed changes
•Fees for citizenship applications will increase to $300 from $100. By comparison, fees are $670 in the United States and $1,600 in the United Kingdom.
•Only immigrants who have been physically present in Canada four of the past six years would quality for citizenship. Time spent in Canada without permanent resident status would no longer count towards citizenship.
•Those applying for citizenship must file Canadian income taxes, which is not currently a requirement.
•Applicants 14-65 must pass the language and knowledge test, which will be administered in English or French. Currently only applicants 18-54 must do so, and they may take the knowledge test with an interpreter.
•Penalties for fraud will increase to a maximum of $100,000 and five years in prison (from $1,000 and one year).
•Permanent residents serving in the Canadian Armed Forces would qualify for citizenship one year sooner than other applicants.


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